Kinngait’s health centre to close until end of September
Health Department says closure is due to staff shortages; Pangnirtung centre also closed for first week of August
A shortage of staff is forcing the closure of Kinngait’s health centre.
The Department of Health announced Wednesday it is closing its doors there from Aug. 9 through Sept. 30.
“Paramedics are on site to provide emergent, or life-threatening care,” states the public service announcement.
There will also be virtual health-care services available to people in the community. Calls to the health centre will be forwarded to a virtual support service, or to other communities. The announcement advises there might be a delay while calls are redirected.
“Callers are recommended not to hang up,” states the announcement.
There will be people available over the phone to help with things like prescription refills and medical travel, although the Health Department advises people with prescriptions to make sure they are filled before the health centre closes in order to avoid delays.
Health Minister John Main warned the public in June that health centres in 11 communities would face temporary closures this summer. At the time, Main said ongoing staff shortages, as well as staff burnout, are to blame.
The Health Department announced July 25 that Pangnirtung’s health centre is also closed from Aug. 1 through 7.