Northern Health Starts Sending Patients and Clients Back to Williams Lake
Residents line up to board bus – photos courtesy Northern Health
Prince George, B.C. -Now that the City of Williams Lake is no longer under an evacuation alert, Northern Health has started the process of returning those who had been in their care, back to their home community.
Northern Health has been providing services to clients of community care, assisted living, long-term care and acute care patients since the crisis began in early July.
The phased return started today with community clients from the UNBC residences and other NH facilities where they have been receiving care in recent weeks.
Assisted living clients will also be transferring today.
Over the coming days and weeks, evacuees with higher care needs, such as long-term and acute care, and hemodialysis patients, will return as Interior Health resumes services.
Northern Health facilities and programs in Prince George and Quesnel have been providing care and services to more than 200 patients and residents evacuated from Williams Lake. For example, Gateway Lodge in Prince George accommodated more than 90 additional residents; NH staff supported approximately 50 assisted living and home care clients in residences at the University of Northern BC.