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Barriere emergency department advises closed through Wednesday

Barriere and area residents are being advised again of temporary changes to emergency department hours at Barriere and District Health Centre due to limited nursing availability.

Starting Monday, Aug. 29 at 8:30 a.m., to Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m., emergency services will be unavailable and patients can access care at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

During this time, all other services will continue as normal at the Barriere Health Centre.

People in the community who need life-threatening emergency care (i.e., chest pains, difficulty breathing, severe bleeding) should always call 911 for transport to the nearest available and appropriate facility.

Anyone unsure whether an emergency room visit is warranted can call HealthLink BC at 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.

The emergency department in Barriere is normally open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BC HealthDistrict of BarriereNorth Thompson Valley