Marilyn Mulldoon and her husband Daniel Wong lead a protest in Osoyoos last year, advocating for more health coverage in the South Okanagan. Western News file photo

Marilyn Mulldoon and her husband Daniel Wong lead a protest in Osoyoos last year, advocating for more health coverage in the South Okanagan. Western News file photo

South Okanagan emergency department closing overnight

Limited physician availability temporarily closes emergency at South Okanagan General Hospital

Interior Health is warning that the emergency room at South Okanagan General Hospital is going to be closed overnight due to a physician shortage.

The South Okanagan emergency room will be closed from 8 p.m. today (Oct. 14) to 8 a.m. Oct. 15.

In a release Sunday afternoon, Interior Health said it “regrets this interruption to our normal emergency department services” and apologized “for any inconvenience this may cause.”

This is not the first time SOGH emergency has been forced to close temporarily. It also closed overnight on Aug. 17, 2018, and twice in 2017 during the summer.

Related: Another ER closure at SOGH

For people needing care while the SOGH emergency department is closed, Interior Health recommends calling 911 in the event of an emergency, visiting the emergency department at Penticton Regional Hospital (550 Carmi Ave.) or calling HealthLinkBC at 811 (24 hour service) if you are unsure about your need to go to the emergency department.


Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
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