FORT ST. JOHN -- Northern Health is advising residents that emergency department services at the Fort St. John Hospital are currently unavailable and will remain so until Thursday June 20th at 5:00 a.m.

The hospital is once again having challenges with physician coverage, according to the Health Authority. 

“People in Fort St. John and area who need life-threatening emergency care should call 9-1-1 for transport to the nearest available and appropriate facility,” said Northern Health in a statement. 

Northern Health says the emergency department will be the only service interrupted by Wednesday's doctor shortage.

The Birthing Centre, surgery suites, and ambulatory clinics will not be impacted.

Today’s diversion marks a consistent monthly pattern of closures at the Fort St. John hospital due to staffing shortages that have also forced patient advisories on increased wait times.

The diversion also coming on the heels of 14 emergency department closures at the Chetwynd Hospital due to a shortage of nurses.