Temporary service interruption at Slocan Community Health Centre emergency department
Interior Health said Monday that New Denver and area residents are advised of temporary changes to emergency department hours at Slocan Community Health Centre due to limited nursing availability.
Interior Health said from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, emergency services will be unavailable and patients can access care at Arrow Lakes Hospital at 97 – 1st Ave NE, Nakusp.
“People in the community who need life-threatening emergency care (i.e., chest pains, difficulty breathing, severe bleeding) should always call 911 for transport to the nearest available and appropriate facility,” the Interior Health media release said.
Interior Health said anyone unsure whether an emergency room visit is warranted can call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1, or visit www.HealthLinkBC.ca for non-emergency health information from nurses, dietitians and pharmacists 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
Interior Health said the emergency department in New Denver is normally open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week while Interior Health continues to recruit to fill positions to return to 24/7 operations.