The Ashcroft emergency department will be closed over the Easter long weekend due to a physician shortage.

The Ashcroft emergency department will be closed over the Easter long weekend due to a physician shortage.

Ashcroft emergency department closed over Easter long weekend

The closure is due to a lack of available physicians, says Interior Health.

Interior Health has issued a notice stating that due to limited physician availability at the Ashcroft Hospital and Health Centre, the emergency department (ED) there will be closed over the Easter weekend, April 14 to 17.

The ED will be closed from Friday, April 14 at 6 p.m. and will remain closed for the weekend, up to and including Monday, April 17. All other services outside these hours will remain unchanged.

The ED is normally open from 6 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday. Interior Health says regular ED hours at the hospital will resume at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

Interior Health says it regrets the interruption to normal ED hours at the site, and apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause. It has been working with its physician group to secure coverage for the Easter long weekend, but has been unsuccessful so far. The health authority will continue to seek physician coverage for these dates.

Anyone needing medical treatment during the weekend of April 14 to 17 should call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency. The emergency departments at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, the Lillooet Hospital, and the 100 Mile District Hospital will be open.

If you are not sure whether you need immediate medical treatment, call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1. This 24-hour service provides an opportunity to speak with a registered nurse, who can identify whether or not you need to seek further medical attention.