Emergency room closed

A lack of available doctors is being blamed for the temporary closure of the emergency department at Caribou Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake.

According to a statement issued on Monday afternoon by Interior Health, the hospital emergency room will be closed from 8pm on Monday until 6am on Tuesday. It is normally open 24 hours.

“Patients can access care at 100 Mile District General Hospital in 100 Mile House or GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel,” the statement read.

“During this time, inpatient services will continue as normal at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.”

Anyone requiring life-threatening emergency care – including chest pain, difficulty breathing or severe bleeding – is encouraged by IH to call 911 for transportation to the nearest available center.