Ashcroft Hospital emergency department partially closed over upcoming weekend

Staffing shortages mean two closures of the department on April 28 and 29

Ashcroft and area residents are advised that due to temporary limited staffing availability, the emergency department (ED) at the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Centre will be closed from 1 to 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 28. It will reopen at 8 a.m. on April 28, then be closed again from 1 to 8 a.m. on Monday, April 29. Regular ED coverage will resume at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

Patients needing ambulance services will be diverted to either Kamloops or 100 Mile House. Anyone needing access to an emergency department during these hours can go to Kamloops, Lillooet, Merritt, or 100 Mile House.

Interior Health regrets this closure, and reminds residents to take note of the following if they require care while the emergency department is closed:

• In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

• Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (24-hour service) if you are unsure of your need to seek emergency care. You will be put in touch with a trained health care professional, who will help you determine if you need emergency treatment.

This is the fourth unexpected closure of the emergency department in the last four months, following closures on Dec. 29, 2018, Jan. 27, 2019, and Feb. 10, 2019. Emergency department services at the Ashcroft Hospital normally operate on weekends only, starting on Friday at 6 p.m. and ending on Monday at 8 a.m.



editorial@accjournal.ca

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