Patient move impacts visiting hours

The public should stay away from Vernon Jubilee Hospital Saturday unless there’s an emergency.

The public should stay away from Vernon Jubilee Hospital Saturday unless there’s an emergency.

Patients are being transferred between units in the newly renovated west wing and that means visiting hours will only run from 4 to 8 p.m.

“There will be 120 to 130 patients moved and it will be really busy,” said Cam McAlpine, with the Interior Health Authority.

“We just want to reduce the traffic at the site.”

However, anyone needing emergency care is urged to still come to VJH Saturday.

“Don’t not come to the hospital if you need to,” said McAlpine.

All departments will be staffed and equipped to receive and take care of patients Saturday.

Walk-in clinics in Vernon or the B.C. NurseLine at 811 can be accessed for non-emergency use.

If you are visiting a relative or a friend after 4 p.m., check with the volunteer desk to determine if they have been moved and where they can be located.

Renovations were recently done in the west wing to improve access between the surgical inpatient unit and the operating rooms in the Polson tower.

The areas renovated include 1 West, 2 West, 2 East, 3 West, 3 East and medical short stay.

“Patients will be moved by sections,” said McAlpine.

Victoria-based Health Care Relocation will be responsible for Saturday’s move.

The company was also involved in moving departments into the Polson tower in September.

Regular visiting hours — 2 to 8 p.m. — will resume at Vernon Jubilee Hospital Sunday.



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