Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

More overnight closures at Ashcroft Emergency Department

Department will only be open from 8 am. to 10 p.m. this weekend

Interior Health has said that due to limited staffing availability, the emergency department (ED) at the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Care Centre will be closed from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Aug. 20, 21, and 22.

The emergency department will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20 and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 22.

It is the second weekend in a row that overnight service has not been available at the Ashcroft ED due to limited staffing availability. Interior Health also announced earlier this week that the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital emergency department in Clearwater would be closed overnight between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Aug. 18 to 22 because of limited staffing availability.

Interior Health 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.

• Visit the emergency department at one of the following facilities:

o Royal Inland Hospital: 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops

o Lillooet Hospital: 951 Murray Street, Lillooet

o 100 Mile District General Hospital: 555 Cedar Avenue, 100 Mile House

o Nicola Valley Hospital: 3451 Voght Street, Merritt

If you are unsure about whether or not you require emergency care, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. The 24-hour service is staffed by trained health care personnel who will provide advice on your situation.

Ashcroft emergency services normally operate at the hospital from 6 p.m. on Friday to 8 a.m. on Monday.

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