FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is still working on getting ultrasound services back up and running at the Fort Nelson General Hospital (FNGH).

Last month, February, Northern Health posted about ultrasound services being cancelled for the foreseeable future due to a lack of staff, including a travelling technologist.

The Regional council then issued a letter to Northern Health on February 25th inquiring about NH’s actions to address the situation.

The letter states that a Facebook post by Northern Health says the cancellations were due to lack of staff and the ultrasound unit’s replacement at FNGH.

Mayor Gary Foster asks why the ultrasound unit’s replacement had disrupted the service level when a temporary machine was used until the new machine was operational.

Mayor Foster then says that council is looking to understand what level of full-time employment is needed for the ultrasound unit and what opportunities are there. According to the letter, “since 2016 there has been no formal indication that efforts were being made to fill a Fort Nelson-based position”.

The NRRM Council approved a Request for Proposals on February 8th to find a healthcare advocate to improve the area’s medical services.