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Chetwynd’s hospital has emergency room doctor shortage

Chetwynd’s hospital has emergency room doctor shortage

Residents of Chetwynd in are starting the New Year with cuts in coverage at their local emergency room.

Northern Health says a shortage of doctors means no physician will be available in Chetwynd Hospital’s ER this weekend or from January 21st to 25th.

Nurses will provide an initial assessment and triage but anyone needing emergency care must make the hour-long drive to Dawson Creek or the nearly two hour trek to Fort St. John.

Although the ER department is short-staffed, Northern Health says Chetwynd hospital will remain open, but acute care patients may be discharged or transferred to another facility.

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