Staff shortage expected at Fort Smith Health Centre

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Residents of Fort Smith can expect longer wait times as the community experiences another shortage of healthcare workers.

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is warning the community of this shortage up until August.

This decision is “due to uncontrollable circumstances,” says the NTHSSA.

Appointments will be limited and placed under a priority sequence.

All residents will need to book their appointments prior to visiting the centre, as there will be no same-day appointments.

Non-urgent appointments at this time may be postponed, reads the advisory.

Jack Miltenberger is a spokesperson for the NTHSSA.

“We are continuing our significant efforts to recruit more permanent and locum physician staff to the Territory, including attending multiple recruitment fairs and conferences,” he says.

Residents seeking prescription refills, lab results or requisitions can call their Primary Care Clinic Program assistants at 867-872-6205.

Updates can be found on the town’s Facebook page.

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