Interior Health to delay New Denver service change

New Denver – Interior Health is delaying any formal changes to emergency department hours at the Slocan Community Health Centre (SCHC) until spring, pending additional recruitment efforts and further discussions on a long-term service model that will meet local health care needs.

At this time, the emergency department in New Denver will remain open 24/7. This will be contingent on physician availability.

“While we continue to face significant physician staffing challenges, elected officials and representatives from the community were clear in our discussions yesterday that they felt more time was needed to prepare for a change to current emergency department services,” says Karen Bloemink, executive director IH-East, Hospitals and Communities Integrated Services. “Based on that feedback, we will do everything possible to keep the emergency department open while additional discussions take place in the months ahead.”

With only one permanent physician in place, there may still be temporary interruptions to emergency department services at SCHC. Interior Health will advise the community in advance if the emergency department will be temporarily closed due to limited physician staffing.

Interior Health will continue to work closely with BC Emergency Health Services to ensure residents in the Slocan Valley have access to timely emergency care at alternate sites during potential interruptions to normal 24/7 emergency department service.

We will also continue to meet regularly with community representatives on recruitment for new physicians and on ways to provide the best possible health services to local residents.

Slocan Valley hospital gets last-minute ER extension amid expected cutbacks – CBC

Interior Health initially said emergency hours would be reduced Feb. 1 due to doctor shortage – CBC

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