Residents association needs help identifying health gaps in West Kelowna

The WKRA is looking to build upon the 46 responses they have received so far regarding gaps in West Kelowna health care services.

Forty-six West Kelowna residents have told their stories and shared their frustration with health care services in West Kelowna since an initial call for submissions was put out last month.

But the West Kelowna Residents Association knows there are many more people than that who want to see change.

Last month, the WKRA asked residents to help identify gaps and problems with existing health care services on the Westside. The residents association has agreed to gather the feedback on behalf of Joanne Konnert, the consultant hired by the District of West Kelowna to prepare a report on the proposed Westside health facility.

“I think Ms. Konnert is probably expecting a larger number,” said WKRA director Ron Green.

“At the last public meeting we had on the subject, we had 245 people there.”

Green said the responses so far have given good information, but the WKRA is looking for more submissions that explain how health services should be improved to meet basic needs on the Westside.

According to Green, the three biggest issues identified so far are laboratory service, radiology service, and transport. A few submissions also commented on ambulance response times.

The input will be used by Konnert in her report to West Kelowna council this December.

“These submissions are going to support the need for a centre,” said Green.

“If you look at it geographically, the first thing you look at is we’re only a 25 minute drive away from KGH. So why do we need a centre? The problem is the bridge.”

Green noted one bad accident could block the only convenient road that links West Kelowna to Kelowna.

Health services in West Kelowna is one of about 10 issues that the WKRA is currently focused on.

Green said WKRA’s overall goal to improve health care is “to get an urgent care centre that operates on reasonably accessible hours, seven days a week.”

To provide personal stories, concerns or feedback regarding health care in West Kelowna, visit or e-mail

Responses are being accepted until Nov. 30.


Just Posted

Lightning strikes West Kelowna condo

Fire crews were called to a building on Carrington Road Tuesday night

UPDATE: Smoke rising from Okanagan Mountain Park hills

Lightning may have sparked a fire in the hills across from Peachland

Lightning strikes across B.C. Interior

Residents are being asked to go inside until last rumble of thunder

Update: Lightning sparks blaze above Summerland

Firefighters are battling the small fire from the area that occurred Tuesday shortly after 7 p.m.

UPDATE: Crews battle wildfire near Big White Road

Joe Rich Fire Department responding alongside Big White Fire Department and provincial crews.

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Lightning sparks wildfires in Vernon

Tuesday night storm causes wildfire in BX and residential fire in East Hill

Crash closes Highway 5A in both directions

A collision has shut down Highway 5A about 22 kilometres south of the junction with Highway 97C

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Pike Mountain fire continues to grow – quadruples in 24 hours

Fire threatens area consumed in 2017 by a 3,500 hectare blaze

Vernon Knights hire Van Horlick

New head coach of Junior B franchise in Armstrong

St. Albert knocks down Canadians

Finals of Valley of the Champions

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Most Read