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TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — Northern Health has advised Tumbler Ridge residents of a temporary service interruption at the Tumbler Ridge Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.

Northern Health explained the service interruption in the emergency department is due to limited nursing staff. If coverage cannot be maintained, it may lead to diversions to other area hospitals or clinics on short notice.

The health authority said those who require life-threatening emergency care should always call 911 for transport to the appropriate facility.

If a diversion is required, Northern Health’s partners in both patient transfer and local health services will be notified, and signage will be posted at the facility to inform the public.

Residents who are unsure whether an emergency room visit is warranted can call HealthLink BC at 811 or visit their website for non-emergency health information from nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Northern Health Virtual Clinic can also be called at 1-844-645-7811 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily to talk to a family doctor or nurse practitioner.

Northern Health said it appreciates the community’s patience and understanding.

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