Save Our Hospital organizer Dawn Gardner sits at her desk at the Community Hospital Forum in Princeton.

Save Our Hospital organizer Dawn Gardner sits at her desk at the Community Hospital Forum in Princeton.

2,300 people sign petition for 24/7 emergency department in Princeton

More than 2,300 people have signed the petition for 24/7 emergency department care in Princeton, with plenty more on the way.

More than 2,300 people have signed the petition for 24/7 emergency department care in Princeton, with plenty more on the way.

Another 300 seasonal residents are expected to sign, said Save Our Hospital organizer Spencer Coyne.

The hospital petition has made its way to Keremeos, Penticton and other surrounding communities.

“Our goal is at least 3,000 signatures,” Coyne said.

“Our short-term goal is the restoration of 24/7 emergency room services. Our long-term goal is the restoration of our hospital.”

Restoring the hospital means having an operating room and emergency ward again, he said.

Save Our Hospital plans to send the completed petition to the Minister of Health.

The group set up in a building in downtown Princeton at 295 Vermilion Ave.

“The response has been good. People have been coming into to sign the petition and get more information,” Coyne said.

The Community Hospital Forum is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Princeton Hospital emergency department will be closed from midnight to 8 a.m. Monday to Thursday for around a year, said Interior Health Authority at the beginning of April.