An open letter to residents from the Princeton Hospital Steering Committee:

Steering committee provides update on current issues being addressed by the committee.

It would appear on reading your newspapers, that health remains a priority issue, as it should, in Princeton and Area H. First, a call by SOHC for a demonstration in support of our Canadian Healthcare system under threat by our Federal Government, followed by Interior Health confirming their support in alleviating difficulties at the Cascade Clinic, and, finally, a letter by a concerned citizen about his “doctor dilemma.”

Following the work done in successfully developing our Cascade Medical Clinic, IHA, SOHC and representatives of our local governments set up a Hospital Steering Committee.  It is made up of representatives of IHA, our local governments, private citizens and our doctors and hospital staff.  Its purpose is to address all concerns of the community, as well as those of our doctors and hospital staff, with respect to our hospital, the clinic and the ER.

Current issues being addressed by the Steering Committee include:

A) Transportation: volunteer transportation services to and from the clinic; volunteer transportation services to and from Penticton and Kelowna for appointments.

B) Cascade Clinic: (a work in progress): continued improvements and renovation of clinic space to meet requirements and an improved telephone system.

C) Clinic Support staff: hiring of additional staff to assist the medical staff in the management of the clinic, thus liberating doctors and nurses to attend to more patients; this includes the transfer of all medical records to an electronic data base.

D) Doctors, nurses practioners and nurses: presently our medical staff is overwhelmed with the length of patient consultations required for all “new” patients. As medical histories become known, it is expected that consultations will be shorter and medical staff will be able to accommodate more patients; recruitment, turn-over, rest and recreation of our medical personnel.

E) ER: the ER is operational 24/7 unless otherwise advised. It is manned by our medical staff, thus limiting their time for patient consultation.  Wait time at the ER can be long or short depending on two factors; a serious emergency or the ER is used as a ‘walk-in’ clinic.  This is to be discouraged.

F) Princeton and Area residents and patients-hints on calling the clinic: be patient and explain exactly which doctor you wish to meet. Be specific as to the reasons as emphasized by the IHA. When all else fails, you may contact the Nurse Help Line by dialing 811 for health advice and information.

G) Comments or complaints: Princeton and Area residents will be best served if comments or complaints about the operations of the Cascade Clinic and hospital if they address their signed letters to the Steering Committee c/o the Princeton General Hospital or e-mail comments to Anonymous complaints will not be considered or given attention.


Princeton Hospital Steering Committee

John Akerley, member for Area H

Judy Short, member for the Town of Princeton


Just Posted

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

Birtch Parlee is one of approximately 132,000 transgender people living across the nation, according to Statistics Canada. Photo submitted
Transgender in a small town – Princeton B.C.

“I buried it. I pushed it down. I lived a lie.”

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Dan Albas
COLUMN: Reopening the international border

Governments in Canada and the United States are working towards reopening plans for the border

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Bear wanders Kelowna on June 15. (Michelle Wallace/Facebook)
Bear climbs fence, uses crosswalk in Kelowna

The bear was spotted on Baron Road Wednesday evening

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

A boat sharing service is extending to Summerland. The company, Penticton Boat Club and Rentals, is also taking over the boat rentals at Summerland Waterfront Resort. (Photo by Chris Stenberg)
Boat sharing service extended from Penticton to Summerland

Company will also operate boat rentals at Summerland Waterfront Resort

201 First Street West 1980s. Prior revitalization. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Man who redesigned downtown Revelstoke honoured with lifetime achievement award

Robert Inwood has worked on historical projects across the province

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

The weekly COVID-19 map for June 6 to 12. (BC CDC)
South Okanagan sees only 5 new cases in last week

The Similkameen Valley went a second week without any new cases

A heart of ribbons is seen on the fence of Highroad Academy along Chilliwack Central Road on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Orange Heart Memorial campaign launches in Vernon on National Indigenous Peoples Day

North Okanagan Friendship Center raising funds for bench, mural memorializing 215 discovered in Kamloops

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

Most Read