The closures of the bridge Laviolette will affect the transport in ambulance

Les fermetures du pont Laviolette affecteront les transports en ambulance

Where will be led to the ambulance from the Centre-du-Québec and heading to Trois-Rivières during the closures night planned starting in September on the pont Laviolette?

The direction of the integrated Center for academic health and social services (CIUSSS) of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec has buckle down to the task to resolve this issue.

Recall that Transport Quebec has announced recently that a major intervention to pave the way for the refurbishment of the central apron of the bridge Laviolette is going to force its complete closure, from September next, and this, for two periods of 90 minutes each night.

Logically, the ambulances will have to take the direction of Victoriaville or Drummondville, more than 65 kilometres of Bécancour, or even Sherbrooke, 148 kilometers, for the more serious cases.

To take better advantage of the facilities on the south shore

Elected officials have, however, suggested to take better advantage of the health facilities close to the pont Laviolette on the south shore of Trois-Rivières. Thus, it is proposed to add resources to the emergency centre Christ the King, which is the hospital of Nicolet, in order to treat more serious cases.

“It is sure that Christ the King could play an important role in what is to come with the closure of the bridge,” argued Thursday, TVA’s New mayor Geneviève Dubois.

The prefect of the MRC of Bécancour draws attention to the urgency of the CLSC de Fortierville, that no longer physician during the night since September 2019. The idea would be to extend the service during the term of the work on the pont Laviolette.

“We could extend the number of evenings at the CLSC de Fortierville? Maybe an hour or two to at least absorb a bit and see what might happen”, said Mario Lyonnais.

For his part, the member of parliament for Nicolet-Bécancour, Donald Martel, intends to insist that transport more of a priority to still be able to cross the construction site on the bridge Laviolette.

“If it should happen that someone has a heart attack in the sector of Saint-Grégoire or a serious accident occurs, [it should] be advised so that we can move quickly,” suggested Donald Martel.

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