A shortage of physical and occupational therapists in Regina has the health region saying it can't continue to meet its service standards.

An internal memo from the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region says priority will be given to patients with the most urgent care needs and those who are about to be discharged from hospital.

The memo was given to media by the union representing therapists.

Health region spokesman Bill Carney says it is accurate, calling it a temporary shortage.

Carney said the region has been recruiting therapists and 12 new ones will start in the next three to four months.

The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan has said it's concerned that patients who need occupational or physical therapy while in hospital won't get treatment.

Carney said some patients may not get therapy, but only in the short-term.