Interior Health has found additional physician coverage to keep the Victorian Community Health Centre open for part of the upcoming long weekend.
Though physician and staffing availability is still limited, the emergency room will be open except the following hours: 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 as well as 8 a.m. Monday, July 1 until 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 3. The centre will also be closed from 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 until 8 a.m. Friday, July 5.
Kaslo and area residents should take note of the following if they require care when the emergency department is closed: In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1. Visit the emergency department at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. For non-urgent needs, visit a walk-in clinic in Nelson. Note the weekend and holiday hours of your local pharmacy/drug store, and ensure your prescriptions are up to date. Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (24 hour service), if unsure about the need to go to the emergency department.
Interior Health says they are continuing their efforts to recruit for permanent and locum physicians and regrets this temporary change to normal services.
IH will provide regular updates on any additional changes to normal services.