Nunavut Post

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Pangnirtung health center will be shut next month due to staff lacks

Nunavut

Key takeaways: 

  • According to the Health department, paramedics will reply to emergencies, and there will be virtual care alternatives.
  • The Nunavut government states Pangnirtung’s health center will be temporarily shut down next week due to staff shortages.

The health center in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, will be temporarily shut next month for approximately one week, according to the Department of Health.

The shutdown will stay from August 1 to 7 due to staff needs.

In the second year, a lack of summer relief staff for Nunavut’s district health centers will push some centers to shut down or lower services. 

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The health center in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, will be temporarily shut next month for approximately one week, according to the Department of Health

Nunavut’s Health department was dealing with a 50 percent vacuity rate among its permanent nursing team in June, representative Chris Puglia stated in an email the prior month. 

While the health center is shut, paramedics will be on-site to reply to emergencies or deliver life-threatening care, the Monday press release said.

The division will also set up virtual health services to help citizens, and calls to the health center are set to be directed to those virtual help services. Calls could also be automatically forwarded to other neighborhoods, the release stated.

Source – CBC News

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