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Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital ER closed until Sunday morning

The emergency room closed at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and will re-open 8 a.m. Sunday
Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater. (File photo)

The emergency room at the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital will be closed daytime and overnight Saturday, according to a statement release by Interior Health at 9:39 a.m.

The ER will be closed from 8 a.m. Saturday, July 2 to 8 a.m. Sunday, July 3. Regular hours will resume 8 a.m. Sunday.

The health authority says the closure is “due to unforeseen limited staffing availability.”

Clearwater and area 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.

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