The Summerland Health Centre Outpatient Laboratory will be closed temporarily beginning Nov. 16.
Those patients with appointments will be notified directly of alternative service locations. For those needing ECG service, the service is available in Penticton at the Penticton Regional Hospital and at Okanagan Clinical Labs.
The decision was made because of ongoing staffing shortages. Interior Health said staffing shortages for lab technicians is a challenge provincially and nationally.
The closure is expected to continue until there are more sustainable staffing levels.
Walk-in service and appointments are available at locations in Penticton and Peachland.
Penticton Regional Hospital Laboratory (walk-in service and appointments) 550 Carmi Ave., Penticton, Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ECG services offered through Cardiology (walk-in service) Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Online appointment booking preferred at www.labonlinebooking.ca or call 1-877-740-7747. Limited walk-in service is available.
Peachland, Valley Medical Laboratory (walk-in service and appointments) IGA Plaza, #26 – 5500 Clements Cres., Peachland, Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Wednesday 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. is by appointment only.) Online booking is available at valleymedicallaboratories.com.
Penticton Downtown, Okanagan Clinical Laboratory (walk-in service only) Suite 302, 383 Ellis St., Penticton, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ECGs performed on site.
Somerset Plaza, Okanagan Clinical Laboratory (walk-in service only) Suite 108, 2504 Skaha Lake Rd., Penticton, Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ECGs performed on site.
At present, a date for the reopening of the Summerland Health Centre Outpatient Laboratory has not been announced.
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