3 Nunavut communities to see temporary health centre closures
Health Department previously said 5 health centres would close in the new year
Three Nunavut communities will see their health centres temporarily close in the new year, including Kinngait’s health centre, which will also see new closure dates starting next week.
The Health Department announced a revised list of closures on Thursday in a news release.
“The closures are a result of difficulty in securing relief staff due to a national shortage of health-care professionals,” the release stated.
The new closure dates and locations are as follows:
- Chesterfield Inlet: Jan. 9 to Feb. 3;
- Clyde River: Jan. 20 to Jan. 22; and
- Kinngait: Dec. 18 to Dec. 30, and Jan. 25 to Feb. 28.
This is an improved outlook from what the Health Department announced earlier this month. Previously, the department warned of five closures for the new year.
During the closures, paramedics will be on site to provide emergency or life-threatening care. Support staff will also be available by phone to help with things like filling prescriptions, but the release asks residents to plan ahead.
“If you need a prescription filled, you are advised to get them before the scheduled closure to avoid delays in receiving your medication,” the release indicated.
In communities with closures, the department will also use a combination of virtual health, fly-in clinics and paramedic services.
Calls will continue to go to the health centres, the department noted, but they might be forwarded to other communities and delays are expected.