No physicians available at Chetwynd ER this weekend

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CHETWYND, B.C. — Northern Health says the Chetwynd Hospital’s emergency department will be short-staffed this weekend, and later on in the month.

From Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2016, and from Jan. 21 to Jan. 25, 2016 — 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. for those respective days — the hospital will be experience limited coverage, meaning there will be nurses available at the emergency department to provide an initial assessment and triage advice, but there will not be a physician available in the town during those times to see patients.

The emergency department is the only one affected by the closures, and the rest of the hospital will remain open — including the lab and x-ray at the hospital. Based on their care needs, acute care patients may be discharged or transferred to another facility.

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Patients who need emergency attention can call 9-1-1 for transport to the emergency department in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John, or can seek private transportation. However, Northern Health notes that once discharged from the emergency department, they will need to find a way of transport back.

The Primary Care Clinic is still operating with it’s normal hours to attend to patients with non-urgent needs. If patients aren’t sure whether their condition warrants an emergency room visit, they can call HealthLink BC (8-1-1), or visit them online.

Alongside BC Emergency Health Service, Northern Health is working to manage emergencies during these periods.

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