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More service interruptions at Princeton Hospital

A sign outside Princeton Hospital announces emergency room service interruptions.  - Michaela Garstin
A sign outside Princeton Hospital announces emergency room service interruptions.
— image credit: Michaela Garstin

More dates have been added to a long list of emergency room service interruptions at the Princeton Hospital.

An on-call doctor will only see the most critical patients at the hospital from 8 a.m. March 6 to 8 a.m. March 7 and again from 8 a.m. March 8 to 8 a.m. March 9.

The hospital will also have limited services all day March 12.

Previously, Interior Health said there would be service interruptions all say March 26 to 29. The service interruptions have now been decreased to 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on those says.

Only patients whose life is in danger or are who are at risk of losing a limb will be seen by a doctor while the hospital is in "LLTO" (Life Limb Threatened Organ) status.

A lack of doctors and locums in the area has caused the service interruptions.

"Patients with less urgent matters will be assessed by our trained nurses but, depending on their condition, may be transferred to a nearby hospital for care or offered appropriate options," says Interior Health in a handout.

"In this care, it's important to come prepared: Bring your wallet, shoes, clothes and make arrangements for the return home."

In a previous interview with the Spotlight Mayor Fred Thomas said the situation at Princeton Hospital has been getting worse.

He's taking part in a meeting on March 15 to discuss possible solutions.

Times when patients can anticipate limited doctor response are:

March 1: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 2: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

March 3: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 4: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 5: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 6: 8 a.m. to 8 a.m.

March 7 8 a.m.  to 8 a.m.

March 8: 8 a.m. to 8 a.m.

March 9: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 10: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 11: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 12: 8 a.m. to 8 a.m.

March 15: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 20: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 21: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 22: midnight to 8 a.m.

March 26: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

March 27: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

March 28: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

March 29: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

 

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