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BC Hospital ER Closed 13 Nights and 3 Days


Grand Total of British Columbia Interior Health Emergency Room Closures: 13 Nights And 3 Days In Just Over One Month

In British Columbia, emergency room closures have disrupted healthcare access across communities in the Interior Health region.

Hospital ER Closures

From brief evening closures to extended overnight emergency department (ED) shutdowns, the impact has been keenly felt.

Williams Lake - Multiple ED closures due to limited nursing availability at Cariboo Memorial Hospital:

July 9-10 (1 night) - Limited nursing availability

July 7-8 (1 night) - Limited nursing availability

July 6-7 (1 night) - Limited nursing availability

July 5-6 (1 night) - Limited nursing availability

July 4-5 (1 night) - Limited nursing availability


Clearwater - Temporary ED shutdowns at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital:

July 8-9 (1 night) - Limited nursing availability

June 29-30 (1 night) - Limited nurse availability

June 15-16 (1 night) - Limited nurse availability

June 8 (1 day) - Limited nurse availability


Oliver - ED Disruptions at South Okanagan General Hospital:

July 5 (1 night) - Limited physician availability

June 12 (1 evening) - Limited physician availability

June 10 (1 night) - Limited physician availability

June 9 (1 night) - Limited physician availability


Lillooet - ED Interruptions at Lillooet Hospital:

July 7-8 (1 night) - Limited physician availability


Merritt - ED Issues at Nicola Valley Hospital:

July 7-9 (48 hours) - Limited physician availability

July 4-5 (1 night) - Limited nursing availability


Kaslo - Temporary closure at Kaslo Primary Health Centre:

July 2, 2024 - Limited nursing staff availability

Emergency department services unavailable until 1 p.m., services resume from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.



Patients affected by these closures have been directed to neighboring hospitals such as Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, underscoring the strain on healthcare resources and highlighting ongoing challenges in rural healthcare provision.





BC Hospital ER Closed 13 Nights and 3 Days in One Month

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