Out of an abundance of caution, Northern Health is proactively moving patients from Stuart Lake Hospital in Fort St. James, as part of advance planning related to wildfire activity.
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.
For the latest details on wildfire evacuation alerts and orders in the Fort St. James area, please refer to the Bulkley Nechako Regional District website. Information on wildfires and your health is available at northernhealth.ca > Health Topics > Wildfire information.