More ER closures

The Port Hardy Hospital emergency department may experience temporary service reductions after March 1

  • Feb. 29, 2012 9:00 a.m.

MT. WADDINGTON—The Port Hardy Hospital emergency department may experience temporary service reductions after March 1 due to a potential physician shortage.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority, local physicians and local government representatives are very aware that Port Hardy and Mt. Waddington residents want continuous, 24-hour emergency room services at Port Hardy Hospital.

While residents can be assured that tremendous efforts by these partners are continuing to recruit permanent and locum physicians to Mt. Waddington communities, until these efforts are successful, there may be gaps in after-hours on-call emergency services.

“We share the concerns of residents around consistency of health care services in Mount Waddington communities,” said Victoria Power, VIHA’s Director, Rural Health and Primary Health Care.

“Significant work is underway to address and find solutions to these concerns in tandem with enormous efforts to recruit and retain physicians.