24-hour emergency service in place at Oliver hospital

Department at South Okanagan General Hospital will provide service throughout nighttime hours

The South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver will continue to offer emergency department service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As of March 29, a physician will be called in to the hospital’s emergency department during the night, from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., to respond to emergencies, but will not be on location throughout the night shift.

Patients will still be able to access the emergency room and a nurse will be present to assist with calls and emergency room needs.

For true emergencies and patients under 17 years of age, the nurse will call the physicians.

RELATED: South Okanagan town wants answers to emergency room staffing issues

RELATED: Renos coming for Oliver emergency department

Patients with time-sensitive but less serious conditions will have arrangements made to go to the Penticton Regional Hospital emergency department, by ambulance or by private vehicle.

Those whose condition can wait until the next day can remain in the waiting room, return in the morning or schedule an appointment with their family physician.

Those who are not sure of their needs may dial 811 to speak to a registered nurse.

During the daytime hours, a pysician will be on location at the emergency department for all patient visits.

Oliver mayor Martin Johansen is pleased with the emergency room changes.

“I’m positive that we’re orking in the right direction,” he said.

The changes mean Oliver and Osoyoos residents will have access to emergency room service where they live.

“If you’re living in the area and you’ve got something serious going on, you’ll be able to get emergency service,” he said.

He added that the emergency room coverage is the result of discussions between municipal council and Interior Health, in order to meet the needs of the region.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Social media flooded with love for woman found dead on Kelowna beach

“We lost a sister. Because that is what we are it is a sisterhood and I can’t help but feel anything but sadness.”

District of Peachland reviews cannabis regulations in Okanagan

Staff intend to build bylaws by tailoring regulations in neighbouring communities

Rollover on Dillworth Drive

A car accident has resulted in one car rolling onto its side

Okanagan short story contest winners to be announced at Milkcrate Records

The public reading is free and open to the public

Duck rescue: Kelowna men save ducklings from storm drain

Local retirees saved some local ducks from certain death.

An unconventional marriage: What’s age got to do with it?

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

Organ donation push on as Okanagan officer fights for life

Those interested in becoming an donor should visit taketwominutes.ca to sign up

VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Vintage bottles, magic cards, a 1969 Playboy: Quirky items found in historic B.C. buildings

Crews set aside some of the funkier pieces emerging from the construction rubble

PHOTOS: Inside the ‘shoe house’ in Northern B.C.

A rare look inside the famous Kitseguecla Lake Road shoe house, with a tour led by owner Toby Walsh

Most Read