Interior Health closes ER in Ashcroft again, this time for the whole weekend | infonews


Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Care Centre.

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16 July 2022 – 11:00

Ashcroft’s emergency department is closed all weekend.

Interior Health attributes the closure of the Ashcroft Hospital emergency room and community health care center to the limited availability of doctors, according to a news release.

The Ashcroft Emergency Room is normally open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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But this weekend, the closest emergency department for Ashcroft patients will be at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

Ashcroft ER was closed earlier in 2022.

Emergency department closures have become very frequent in Clearwater. It’s not a new trend – the health authority has struggled with staffing issues for years.

READ MORE: How Interior Health plans to address RIH understaffing issues

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