Merritt residents once again went without access to an emergency room locally for the night.
by Laísa Condé | Jul 28, 2023
On July 25, B.C.’s Minister of Health Adrian Dix visited Merritt to better understand the emergency room closure crisis happening in town.
by Laísa Condé | Jul 18, 2023
Mayor Mike Goetz said his frustration level is getting to a boiling point every time there is a new closure announcement of the emergency room at Nicola Valley Hospital.
by Laísa Condé | Jul 14, 2023
Merrittonians gathered on the streets to protest against the temporary closure of their only emergency room once again.
by Marius Auer | Jul 13, 2023
IHA said in a press release, which was released after the closure already had begun, that the diversion in service is due to limited nursing availability.
by Marius Auer | Jul 11, 2023
The registry is hosted by HealthLinkBC, and offers patients seeking care the opportunity to input their information and be matched with a medical professional.
by Marius Auer | Jul 6, 2023
Following an expansion of their scope of practice last month, the province has announced that people can now book an appointment to see a pharmacist through a new provincial online booking system.
by Marius Auer | Jun 8, 2023
Following a rally that saw hundreds of nurses from across the province gather in Vancouver, the BC Nurses Union (BCNU) is calling on the provincial government to take urgent action to address B.C’s worsening nurse shortage.
by Merritt Herald | Jun 7, 2023
EquipCare BC is now getting a boost in funding, with the province investing an additional $14 million for health, safety, and quality improvements in publicly funded long-term care (LTC) and assisted-living homes, according to a press release from the provincial government.
by Marius Auer | Jun 1, 2023
As of today (June 1), people in B.C. can get prescriptions for contraceptives and medications to treat some minor ailments directly from their pharmacist, in a move the provincial government said will expand access to pharmacists, and healthcare in general.
by Merritt Herald | May 26, 2023
Concerns over closures of the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre’s emergency department have been top of mind for Merrittonians, and now an association representing 14,000 physician members, is sounding the alarm about the state of emergency departments across B.C.
by Merritt Herald | May 11, 2023
One of the women practising nursing in Merritt was Olla Standish, the first head matron of the Nicola Valley General Hospital.
by Marius Auer | May 10, 2023
Merritt will soon gain another physician, with Merrittonian Dr. Ajhmair Lali returning to the Nicola Valley from university later this year to begin his medical career at home. Lali will join The Medical Clinic, who announced in January of this year that Dr. Morgan Lyttle would be closing his practice as early as April 2023.
by Marius Auer | May 3, 2023
In the third display of what organizers have unofficially dubbed as Rallies for Healthcare, over 200 Nicola Valley residents gathered at Central Park to show their support and call for action on ongoing service disruptions at the Nicola Valley Hospital’s emergency department.
by Marius Auer | Apr 18, 2023
In a display that evoked essences of the biosolids protest that took place in 2015, nearly 300 residents of the Nicola Valley took to Central Park on Saturday (April 15) to protest ongoing service disruptions at the Nicola Valley Hospital’s emergency department.
by Marius Auer | Apr 10, 2023
During the tenth diversion of emergency department services at the Nicola Valley Hospital since the beginning of this year, residents of the valley gathered on the hospital’s green space to rally against what many see as a lack of provincial action on the issue.
by Marius Auer | Mar 15, 2023
Following two day-long closures in the span of just 72 hours, Merritt Mayor Mike Goetz is calling on the provincial government to take action and acknowledge the ongoing healthcare challenges the community is facing.
by Marius Auer | Mar 13, 2023
The diversion will see the Nicola Valley Hospital’s ER close for 25 hours from 7 a.m. Monday, March 13 to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, and comes just two days after the emergency department’s last day-long closure.
by Marius Auer | Mar 10, 2023
The diversion will see the Nicola Valley Hospital’s ER close for 24 hours from 8 a.m. Friday, March 10 to 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 11.