SOGH emergency room once again threatened with closure Friday night

By on June 15, 2017

The emergency room at South Okanagan General Hospital is once again threatened with closure from 6 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday due to lack of available physicians. The ER was similarly threatened with closure on the first weekend in June, but it stayed open when coverage was found at the last minute. (Lyonel Doherty file photo)

If you need emergency health care at South Okanagan General Hospital on Friday night, you might be out of luck.

That’s because the emergency department is slated to close overnight on June 16 due to limited physician availability.

Interior Health is advising residents that the emergency department will close at 6 pm on Friday and reopen on Saturday, June 17 at 8 am.

Interior Health has been working closely with physicians to secure coverage for these days, but so far have been unsuccessful, according to the health authority.

If people require care when the department is closed, they are advised to visit Penticton Regional Hospital. In case of an immediate emergency, call 9-1-1.

Residents can call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (24 hour service) if they are unsure if emergency care is needed.

The emergency room was threatened with closure over the first weekend in June also, but medical coverage was obtained at the last minute and the emergency room remained open.

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