Merritt, B.C. emergency department closed for Tuesday afternoon

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Merritt-area residents will have to get emergency care in Kamloops Tuesday due to “limited physician availability.”

The emergency department in Merritt is normally open 24/7 but starting at 11:30 a.m. and continuing on to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, emergency services at Nicola Valley Hospital will be unavailable and patients will have to access care at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

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“During this time, all other inpatient services will continue as normal at Nicola Valley Hospital,” according to a statement from Interior Health.

“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.”

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Since the beginning of 2022, B.C. has seen consistent closures of rural hospital emergency departments as a result of staffing shortages or the inability to cover someone’s shift due to illness.

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