Physio services cut due to short-staffing

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Allyson Beauregard

SHAWVILLE – The Pontiac Community Hospital’s (PCH) physiotherapy department is experiencing a disruption of service since both of its technicians are on leave; one since January and the other for about three months, with no indications of when they will return.
The PCH still has a physiotherapy technologist on staff, but this person isn’t
authorized to do initial evaluations or create treatment plans. Once these are done, the tech can continue the care.
For the last while, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) has been sending a physiotherapist from Hull twice per week to fill in, but there was a week when no one was available.
According to Gilbert Daoust, CISSSO clinical and administrative coordinator of nursing, the situation has created a longer than usual waiting list for out-patient services. “Naturally, you can’t get as much done in two days as you can in five,” he
told the Journal, noting CISSSO continues recruitment efforts, but with a shortage of physiotherapists everywhere and the hospital located in a rural area, it’s really tough.
“[There’s not much you can do] when there are no candidates available,” he concluded.
CISSSO said no patients have been transferred to other hospitals because of the situation and the organization continues to work to find solutions.