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Ensuring access to Diagnostic Imaging in Northwest BC

Northern Health
Media Bulletin

Northern Health’s acute care facilities in Northwest BC are working with physicians, and provincial patient transfer partners to ensure patients have continued access to diagnostic imaging for their care needs.

At this time, Mills Memorial Hospital is experiencing significant challenges with staffing coverage in diagnostic imaging, which is particularly impacting CT scanner operations. We are taking immediate action in terms of recruitment, however there will be times where limited staffing could lead to delays in assessment until staffing levels increase. Patients with urgent diagnostic needs will be transferred promptly to another facility.

Every effort is being made to limit the impact of CT staffing challenges at Mills Memorial Hospital on patient care. Northern Health acute care facilities are part of a provincial system that ensures capacity to offer quality care to patients, working in partnership with hospitals across the North, other health authorities, and the Ministry of Health.

Northern Health is actively and aggressively recruiting to vacant positions in Diagnostic Imaging at Mills Memorial Hospital, and there are ongoing efforts to secure temporary coverage from other Northern Health facilities, and agency staff providers.

To help reduce pressure on emergency and urgent care resources, those with less urgent care needs are advised to visit their primary care provider/family physician’s office during regular business hours, or to contact the NH Virtual Primary & Community Care Clinic (10 am to 10 pm daily, including weekends and statutory holidays).