Cowichan emergency department busier than normal
The Emergency Department at Cowichan District Hospital is seeing more patients due to a temporary and unforeseen building closure at Valley Medical Clinic.
The hospital is asking patients requiring non-urgent medical care, or prescription refills, to use one of the walk-in clinics nearby.
Those are the Beverly Medical Clinic or the Cowichan Way Clinic.
The walk-in clinics are operated independently of Island Health and each have their own hours of operation.
In all regional hospitals, emergency services are available 24-hours-a-day and a triage system gives priority to emergencies and urgent care requirements.
That means delays for people who do not need urgent care.