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Oliver hospital closes emergency department once again

This marks the sixth closure since Nov. 23
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Oliver hospital’s ER has been plagued with closures due to lack of doctors. (File photo)

For the second time in as many days, Interior Health has announced that Oliver hospital’s emergency department will be closed due to a doctor shortage.

Emergency services at the South Okanagan General Hospital will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, IH said.

This marks the emergency department’s sixth closure since Nov. 23, including a 24-hour shutdown starting the evening of Dec. 1 and into the morning of Dec. 2.

Patients can access care at the Penticton Regional Hospital during this time.

Emergency services at the hospital have been unavailable since 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. The department will re-open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, before having to close again on Sunday morning.

All other inpatient services will continue as normal at South Okanagan General Hospital, IH said.

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