Patients will not be able to access the Gartree Medical Clinic after March 24.

Patients will not be able to access the Gartree Medical Clinic after March 24.

Vernon medical clinic closes doors

March 24 will be the last day for patients at the Gartree Medical Clinic in the Vernon Square mall.

Vernon’s original walk-in clinic is closing down.

March 24 will be the last day for patients at the Gartree Medical Clinic in the Vernon Square mall.

“We have only one doctor at this time and other doctors are not available,” said Nancy Spiers, office manager.

Gartree opened its doors in the early 1990s, but has experienced some challenges in recent years, including reducing hours in January 2016 because only two physicians were available for shifts.

Patients are being advised of the pending closure as they arrive at the clinic and advertisements will be run in the newspaper.

Patients will have the opporunity to get a copy of their medical files, while Med Records will provide storage of medical files once the office closes.

Three employees will lose their jobs at Gartree.

Gartree’s closure will leave only two walk-in clinics in Vernon — North Okanagan Medical Clinic at Real Canadian Superstore and the Sterling Centre Clinic on 25th Avenue.