The changes effectively change Tyne Valley's hospital into a senior's care home, argue the Friends of Stewart Memorial Hospital. (Province of P.E.I.)

A group has come forward in support of Stewart Memorial Hospital in Tyne Valley, saying P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie is effectively closing it.

Currie announced broad-based changes last month to the way health care is delivered in rural P.E.I., but said he wasn't closing any hospitals. The changes include converting all the acute care beds at Stewart Memorial into long-term care beds.

Health PEI said it hasn't determined whether outpatient services currently offered at the hospital — such as X-ray, casting and suturing — will continue.

Lynden Ellis, is co-chair of the group Friends of Stewart Memorial, argues those changes would mean Stewart Memorial is no longer a hospital.

"There's going to be no hospital. We don't have any acute care," said Ellis.

"Docs can't admit any people to the hospital. It's going to be long-term care is what it's going to be. What else would it be if it's not a manor?"

Ellis said losing the hospital will be a tremendous blow for the community, and residents are prepared to fight to keep it. There's a public meeting in Ellerslie Monday night to talk about the changes.

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