09/21/2011 05:40 EDT | Updated 11/21/2011 05:12 EST

Changes coming to two rural Saskatchewan emergency departments

SASKATOON - A shortage of doctors is resulting in changes to the emergency departments at two rural Saskatchewan hospitals.

The Saskatoon Health Region says emergency services will alternate between the Wadena (wah-DEE'-nah) and Wynyard (WINN'-yard) hospitals.

The schedule will switch every seven days.

The Wadena hospital will take all emergency cases from the two communities one week and then Wynyard will do the same for a week.

The move is necessary because there aren't enough doctors left in Wynyard to provide ER service 24-7.

Physicians in Wadena agreed to work with the remaining doctors in Wynyard on the alternating schedule. (CJWW)