Dr. Richard Wedge of Health PEI says Dr. Peter Midgely will complete the surgeries already scheduled before leaving. (CBC)

Vascular surgery for Prince Edward Islanders will be done in Halifax with some office visits available on the Island, under a new short-term plan developed by Health PEI following the loss of the province's only vascular surgeon.

Dr. Peter Midgley handed in his resignation several weeks ago.

Midgely said he was overworked, taking on emergency surgeries even when he wasn't on call. He said the province needs a second vascular surgeon.

Midgely is still in the province doing surgeries. Dr. Richard Wedge, director of medical programs for Health PEI, said Midgely will perform the surgeries already scheduled and continue to do his regular on call schedule on P.E.I. until mid to late February.


Dr. Peter Midgley is leaving P.E.I. (Submitted by Dr. Peter Midgely)

Starting in late March or April, Midgley will be on P.E.I. for office hours two days a week, said Wedge, and schedule his surgeries to be performed in Halifax. There will be no on-call vascular surgeon on P.E.I. after Midgely leaves, and all emergency cases that need a vascular surgeon will go to Halifax.

Health PEI will spend the next few months determining how many vascular surgeons are needed on the Island, said Wedge.

Midgley could not be reached for comment.