Lack of doctors will close Princeton ER

A lack of doctors will result in the closure of the Emergency Department of a south Okanagan area hospital for several days this month.

The Princeton General Hospital Emergency Department will be closed from 8 a.m. on July 9 to 8 a.m. on July 10, from 8 a.m. July 14 to 8 a.m. July 15.

The Interior Health Authority is continuing to try and find a physician to cover these shifts and will notify the public immediately of any changes/updates to the announced closures.

During the hours the Emergency Department is closed, residents should take note of the following:
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911
  • Residents may wish to use the Emergency Department at Penticton Regional Hospital, one and a half hours east on Hwy 3/3A / Hwy 97
  • For non urgent matters residents can call the South Similkameen Health Centre in Keremeos at (250)-499-3000 for a same day appointment between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

    Individuals unsure about the services they require should call HealthLink BC (8-1-1) for confidential health information and advice from a Registered Nurse. This service is available 24 hours a day seven days a week.

    This is the second such closure involving the Princeton Emergency Department this year.

    The department was closed for a 12 hour period March 19 and 20 of this year, also due to physician unavailability.

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