Fort Smith facing health practitioner shortage in January

A file photo of the Fort Smith Health Centre. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
A file photo of the Fort Smith health centre. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

Fort Smith’s health centre is facing a shortage of healthcare practitioners in January.

The NWT Health and Social Services Authority notice was shared on the Town’s Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

Citing “uncontrollable circumstances,” the notice explained appointment booking availability will be limited throughout the first month of the new year.

Instead, the health centre “will be accommodating the needs of residents by focusing on walk-in services, with urgent follow-up appointments being prioritized for scheduled appointments.”



The health authority cautioned non-urgent healthcare may be postponed, and encouraged residents needing prescriptions refills, lab results, and lab requisitions to call the primary care clinic nurses.

Currently, there are walk-in only appointments available January 2 to 9 between 10:30am to 3pm. There will be no walk-in clinic on January 10.

Flu shot clinics will be held on January 2 and 3 from 8:30am to 4pm.

Updates on the practitioner shortage and available appointments will continue to be shared on the Town’s Facebook page.