Sidney hospital plans to cut emergency room hours

first_imgHowever, according to local officials, there will be an inevitable impact on the Sidney community. “Norwich hospital is 25 miles away, and Binghamton is about 35 miles away. It’s very difficult for some of our residents to get to that area in a time of need,” said Sidney Mayor Andy Matviak. SIDNEY (WBNG) — If you live in Sidney and you have an emergency medical situation, you’ll probably find yourself at A.O. Fox Hospital. “What we’re trying to do is meet the needs of the community, and when you look at it, a lot of these patients are needing primary care access,” said Joyner. Sidney does have a paid emergency services team and Matviak says they will be a key aspect in developing a new plan. “We noticed that between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. there really wasn’t a lot of usage at that facility. In fact, we were seeing less than three patients a night,” said A.O. Fox Hospital President Jeff Joyner. Matviak says the village will be working with the hospital and emergency services to create a plan for nighttime emergencies after May 1. With little to no patients to treat, the hospital will reallocate resources to assist the community in other ways. Starting May 1, the hospital will be scaling back emergency hours, limiting availability at night. last_img

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