Port Hardy ER to be limited by closures this week

PORT HARDY-VIHA announces nighttime closures throughout week; nurse practitioner service only for weekend of Aug. 4-5.

As a result of a physician shortage, Port Hardy Hospital will have limited health services beginning today and continuing through the week, the Vancouver Island Health Authority has announced.

The emergency room in Port Hardy will be closed between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. each day this week, beginning Monday, July 30

Additionally, the ER will be without a physician all weekend, though nurse practitioner coverage will be available for non-urgent patients from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

VIHA says those with an emergency during these periods should call 911 or proceed to the Port McNeill Emergency Department.

Those unsure what services they need may call 8-1-1, a 24-hour, toll-free service that provides consultation with a registered nurse.