The Vernon Family Doctors Walk In Clinic will be closing its doors in March 2016.

The Vernon Family Doctors Walk In Clinic will be closing its doors in March 2016.

Walk-in clinic closing its doors

Doctor shortage forces Vernon Family Doctors Medical Clinic in Fruit Union Plaza to close March 2016

Wait times to see a doctor in Vernon could become significantly longer with the closure of a walk-in clinic.

The Vernon Family Doctors Medical Clinic in the Fruit Union Plaza will be closing March 19, 2016.

A doctor shortage is the cause of the closure, which the clinic has been trying to address for years. But having been unsuccessful, the decision was made to not renew the lease when it is up in March.

The clinic is one of three in Vernon serving North Okanagan residents. The other clinics are Gartree Medical Clinic in the Vernon Square Mall and the North Okanagan Medical Clinic inside the Real Canadian Superstore.

Once the clinic is closed, those who need to visit a walk-in clinic are advised to come early in the morning, and also to consider whether their needs could wait to be addressed in a week or two by their family doctor.

Those who have medical records at the clinic can request their charts before April 1, 2016. After that, they will be held in trust by Dr. David Screen and can be requested from his office (located at 200-3207 30th Ave.).

For more details, see Wednesday’s issue of The Morning Star