Merritt emergency department closed for 24 hours | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source

Would you like to subscribe to our newsletter?

Current Conditions Mostly Cloudy  13.0°C

Kamloops News

Merritt emergency department closed for 24 hours

FILE PHOTO - The Nicola Valley Hospital in Merritt
Image Credit: Google Maps

The Nicola Valley Hospital emergency department in Merritt is closed today because of a lack of doctors.

According to Interior Health, the emergency department in Merritt will reopen tomorrow, July 5, at 8 a.m.

The health authority cited "unforseen limited physician availability" in a news release issued late in the day yesterday.

READ MORE: The old-growth B.C. rainforest you've (probably) never heard of

As of 8 a.m. today, July 4, patients in the Merritt area must visit either Kelowna General Hospital or Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

In the case of an emergency, Interior Health advises the public to call 9-1-1, or call HealthLink B.C. at 8-1-1 if they are unsure if it's an emergency.

Merritt isn't the only small community in the Interior Health region where its emergency department has temporarily closed.

Last week, the Clearwater emergency department was closed for the third time since June 25 due to a lack of staff.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Levi Landry or call 250-819-3723 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © iNFOnews, 2022

  • Popular penticton News
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile