24/7 ER Back October 11

Starting October 11 the Princeton General Hospital will be providing 24/7 emergency services again. It’s been 16 months since that was last available. For those looking for a doctor to visit, Princeton will also have three new physicians.

“It has been a long and sometimes difficult process,” says Brad Hope, Area H Director for Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen. “But it demonstrates very clearly just how much can be accomplished when we all work together. My profound thanks to this amazing community, to our healthcare professionals, to Interior Health and to the Province for making this happen.”

The latest physician survey indicates that there are between 4600 and 5900 patients in the area. Considering that Princeton itself has a population of under 2700, it looks like half the people serviced are from communities outside the Princeton area, such as Coalmont. Since the total population of Area ‘H’ is only about 2200, it is possible that some patients are coming from even further away.

Coalmont is lucky in that the hospital is only about 20 minutes away. Other communities have a travel time of more than twice that. Of course, if an ambulance needs to come out, then all trip times are double. In any case, it is a relief to know that the Princeton Hospital Emergency Department will be open, no matter what time you get there. §

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