Island Well being warns of closures at 2 hospitals in August

Island Well being is warning residents of a number of closures on the Chemainus Well being Care Heart (CHCC) and Cormorant Island Group Well being Heart in August attributable to a workers scarcity.

The well being authority says the emergency division on the Cormorant Island heart will likely be closed in a single day, from 7 pm to eight am, from Aug. 2 to 16.

Anybody who lives on the island, positioned off the north finish of Vancouver Island, who has a medical emergency throughout this time is requested to name 911.

The well being authority says it has a plan in place with BC Emergency Well being Companies to move folks to alternate websites if a medical emergency happens throughout this two-week interval.

Island Well being warns residents to not attend the ER when it’s closed “as this can delay your entry to care.”

“Island Well being, like all well being authorities in BC and throughout Canada, is extraordinarily challenged by the well being workforce scarcity,” mentioned the well being authority in an announcement Friday.

“Right now, Island Well being doesn’t have sufficient nursing workers within the area to take care of protected, constant 24/7 [Emergency Department] providers on the CICHC.”

CHEMAINUS CLOSURES

In the meantime, Island Well being says central Vancouver Island residents ought to anticipate closures and an inconsistent working schedule on the Chemainus Well being Care Heart subsequent month.

Typically, the CHCC is open from 7:30 am to 10 pm each day. Nonetheless, in Might the well being authority mentioned it was dropping its hours to eight am to eight pm each day to attributable to a workers scarcity.

Now, all through the month of August, the health-care heart’s pressing care providers may even be closed for six days, and 12 different days will see shortened working hours.

When the CHCC’s pressing care providers are closed, residents are requested to go to the Ladysmith Group Well being Centre, about 15 kilometers away, or the Cowichan District Hospital, positioned about 20 kilometers away.

Throughout these closures, Island Well being says it should ship extra employees to the 2 different health-care websites to help workers and sufferers.

The CHCC’s laboratory and medical imaging providers will proceed to function as traditional throughout this time, in response to Island Well being.

The well being authority says it is nonetheless looking for medical doctors to cowl the shortages on the CHCC in August. If some are discovered, the schedule could change.

Because the month progresses, residents can name 250-737-2040 ext. 42227 to verify for essentially the most up-to-date working hours on the CHCC, or verify the Island Well being web site.

“Anybody experiencing a medical emergency ought to name 911 or, if doable, proceed to the closest Emergency Division,” mentioned Island Well being.

“Island Well being acknowledges this isn’t a really perfect scenario for the group and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience skilled by this momentary service interruption.”

The total schedule for the Chemainus Well being Care Heart in August may be discovered under:

  • August 1, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 2, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 3, 2022 | CLOSED
  • August 4, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 5, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 6, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 7, 2022 | 2 pm to eight pm
  • August 8, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 9, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 10, 2022 | CLOSED
  • August 11, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 12, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 13, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 14, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 15, 2022 | CLOSED
  • August 16, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 17, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 18, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 19, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 20, 2022 | CLOSED
  • August 21, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 22, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 23, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 24, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 25, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 26, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 27, 2022 | CLOSED
  • August 28, 2022 | CLOSED
  • August 29, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm
  • August 30, 2022 | 8 am to 2 pm
  • August 31, 2022 | No change, 8 am to eight pm