East Shore health clinic still without third doctor after months
The East Shore Health clinic is operating 33 percent below capacity. (Stock photo)
NELSON, B.C – There is still no physician lined up to fill a vacant position at the East Shore Health clinic.
The health clinic has been running 33 percent below their capacity since the departure in April according to RDCK Area A Director Garry Jackman.
“It could take a few more months, it could take a few weeks. There are always physicians moving from community to community”, he told MyNelsonNow.com.
The clinic is open five days per week, but the access to a physician is limited to three days per week, with Mondays and Fridays being open for bloodwork and physiotherapy.
Jackman underlines the importance of continuity in the health care for the population on the East Shore, that is older than the general population in the area.
The local community is working to make a transition for a physician as easy as possible.
“Community champions are working to identify cabins or houses to rent, and what other supports are available in the community”, Jackman says.