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Port Hardy Hospital emergency department facing more closures due to physician shortage

The emergency department at the Port Hardy Hospital will be closed overnight this week because of a physician shortage.

The department will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until Friday.

Island Health advises anyone experiencing a medical emergency to go to Port McNeill Hospital or call 911.

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“Island Health and BC Emergency Health Services have protocols in place to ensure patients are transported to the appropriate site,” the health authority said in the statement. “Island Health acknowledges this is not an ideal situation for the community and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience experienced by this temporary service reduction.”

All other inpatient services will continue to be provided at the hospital.

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