Expanded Emergency Room at the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre opening today.
IHA Corporate Director of Facility Management of Operations Lorne Sisley says patients requiring urgent or emergency services will access the emergency department through a new entrance, located next to the main entrance of the hospital.
Parking will also return to normal, as the transition to the new ER takes place as of 6am this morning.
"It's an important aspect. When people are coming to the emergency department we want to make it as easy as possible to get in."
The $6.5 million expansion features a new covered ambulance bay with a separate ambulance entrance, expanded trauma and treatment areas and confidential triage and registration spaces that will improve infection prevention and control measures.