Interior Health has announced an emergency department closure at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital tonight (Jan. 5) due to a shortage of staff and inclement weather.
The emergency department will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 to 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6. Lab services will not be available during the closure.
“Interior Health regrets this temporary change to normal operations,” the announcement reads.
Residents are encouraged to call 911 in the event of an emergency and ambulances will be routed straight to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops during closure hours. Those seeking medical attention can also visit Royal Inland Hospital, or call HealthLink BC at 811 if unsure of their medical care needs.