Out of an abundance of caution, Northern Health is moving patients from Stuart Lake Hospital in Fort St. James to Vanderhoof, as part of advance planning related to wildfire activity.
Fourteen patients including in-patients, long-term care residents, and individuals requiring community health services support will be moved.
The Shovel Lake fire has put the community under evacuation alert.
Stuart Lake Hospital remains open. The hospital/emergency department remains open for urgent care needs and will continue to be, unless the status of alerts or orders significantly changes. Lab and medical imaging services also continue.
Advance transfer of patients is only being done proactively, as the community of Fort St. James is currently on evacuation alert. Transferring patients with more complex needs in advance, will help simplify the response to any potential change in status of the alert.
Stuart Lake Hospital in-patients, long-term care and community services clients are transferring to facilities and services in Vanderhoof. Family members of transferred individuals can call 250-567-2013 and follow the prompts, if they require additional information.