Yass Hospital was again without a doctor on duty for 14 hours last night.
It is the third time in a week.
Nursing manager Liz Darmody said the doctor who was rostered on was suddenly called away to an emergency and no one had been available to fill the vacancy on short notice.
The hospital operated without a doctor for 10 hours last Friday, between 8am and 6pm, and again yesterday morning for two hours from 8am to 10am. It was doctorless for a further 14 hours from 6pm yesterday to 8am this morning.
Ms Darmody said there were registered nurses on all shifts to deal with clients presenting to the emergency department.
However Friday had turned out to be a ‘quiet day’ and only two patients had presented to ER during the doctor shortage, and both were managed by the nurses and sent home. No one needed to be transported to Canberra.
Presentations to the ER for yesterday and last night were unavailable at the time of press.
In standard procedure when doctors are unavailable, people should still go to the hospital to be transferred to Goulburn or Canberra if needed.