Temporary ER Closures at Fort St. James Hospital
Fort St. James, B.C. – The emergency room at Stuart Lake Hospital in Fort St. James will be closed for eight days this month.
Northern Health blames the closures on the unexpected cancellation of coverage by a locum physician.
“The locum was covering for a permanent physician currently on leave for unexpected personal reasons,” says Northern Health. “Northern Health supports our staff and physicians, including locums, if they require time off for personal reasons as we understand unanticipated challenges arise from time to time. We ask for the communities support for the temporary measures that will be implemented.”
The emergency room closures are as follows:
May 7, 7am- 4pm
May12, 7am- 4pm
May14, 7am- 4pm
May 23, 7am- May 25, 7am
May 26, 7am- 4pm
May 28, 7am – 4pm
Northern Health says the emergency room is the only department affected by these closures and note the rest of the hospital will remain open to patients.
Acute care patients will be discharged or transferred to another hospital based on their care needs while Northern Health is working with BC Ambulance Service to manage care during the closures.
Those requiring emergency care can call 9-1-1 for transport to emergency room service in Vanderhoof or Prince George.