Inuvik obstetric services reduced through weekend

A nursing shortage at the Inuvik Regional Hospital will mean changes to how pregnancies are handled now through the weekend.

From now until Sunday at midnight, only emergency labour and delivery services will be available in the Beaufort Delta.

Northwest Territories Health and Social Services (NTHSSA) announced the reduction in service today in a press release.

Due to “temporary, sudden, and unexpected significant reduction, of qualified obstetric registered nursing staff.”

Residents who were planning to give birth in Inuvik and who are 36 weeks or more in their pregnancy have been contacted.

Arrangements have been made to transfer their care to Yellowknife.

Those who are under 36 weeks are not expected to be impacted at this time.

Should shortages persist, people should expect other service reductions.

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