Keremeos Emergency Department Shortens Hours After Unvaxxed Staff Causes Shortage – Penticton News

Unvaxxed docs strain ER

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m.

The reduced hours at Keremeos’ emergency department are due to unvaccinated staff who cannot practice.

Health Minister Adrian Dix confirmed Monday morning that a “large percentage” of what is a relatively small staff group for the facility is not working due to being unvaccinated.

Across Interior Health, five percent of all IH employees are currently out of work for that reason.

“It means the hours are being adjusted … none of this is desirable, it is necessary, and especially all the staff at Interior Health are doing an excellent job of responding to these circumstances,” Dix said.


Lack of doctors has led to new reduced emergency room hours at Keremeos’ South Similkameen Health Center.

Interior Health sent a message Monday morning that the emergency room with immediate effect will be open Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. 8.00-16.00

Previously, it had been open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a doctor on duty at other times.

The reduction in hours is described as “temporary”.

Residents in need of care while the ward is closed are advised to call 911 in an emergency or visit one of the following facilities:

  • Penticton Regional Hospital, 550 Carmi Ave.
  • South Okanagan GeneralHospital, 911 McKinney Road, Oliver
  • Princeton General Hospital, 98 Ridgewood Drive

Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 (24 hour service) if you are unsure of your need for emergency care.

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