Emergency room to open for two days in June

A recently announced physician coverage will allow the emergency room in Fort St. James to open for June 19 and 21.

  • Jun. 14, 2012 3:00 p.m.

A recently announced physician coverage will allow the emergency room in Fort St. James to open for June 19 and 21.

A nurse practitioner will be helping to provide further medical services coverage for the community on Fridays. The nurse practitioner will work Fridays through June and will alternate each week between the Fort St. James Medical Clinic and the Nak’azdli Health Centre.

The Fort St. James Medical Clinic remains open. Please note the following:

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

o Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Appointments can be booked by calling 250-996-8291.

o Only same day appointments will be booked.

Prescription refills are available on Wednesday’s from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:

o The Fort St. James Medical Clinic

o Lakeside Pharmacy

The Stuart Lake Hospital emergency room is the only department affected by these

closures. The rest of the hospital will remain open and patients will not be impacted. Lab

and X-ray at Stuart Lake Hospital are still operating as normal. Patients can continue to

use these services.

If necessary, acute care patients will be discharged or transferred to another facility

based on their care needs. Northern Health is also working with the BC Ambulance Service

to manage emergencies during these periods.

Individuals who require emergency attention can call 9-1-1 for transport to the next open

emergency department in Vanderhoof or Prince George, or can seek private

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transportation. Please note that once discharged from the emergency department,

patients will be required to find their own transport back to their home community.

Northern Health’s emergency rooms tend to patients who have experienced a sudden

and/or unusual change in their health. This includes, but isn’t limited to, breathing

difficulties, severe bleeding or pain, broken bones, chest pain and eye injuries.

Patients who aren’t sure whether their condition would warrant an emergency room visit,

or who need health advice can call HealthLink BC (8-1-1), or visit www.HealthLinkBC.ca

for non-emergency health information from nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists 24 hours a

day, seven days per week.

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