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Fort Nelson General Hospital – wildfire response – update

Northern Health
Information Bulletin

Fort Nelson General Hospital has been safely evacuated and patients relocated to Northern Health facilities in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. Fort Nelson General Hospital is currently closed, and staff have also safely left the community due to the Parker Lake wildfire evacuation order for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. 

Northern Health continues to work closely with partners including the Ministry of Health and BC Emergency Health Services, to support patients and staff who have been displaced from their communities. At this time, no other Northern Health facilities are impacted by wildfire activity or evacuation alerts and orders. 

Northern Health encourages anyone who needs life-threatening emergency care (i.e. chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding) to call 9-1-1 for transport to the nearest available and appropriate facility. 

For non-urgent care needs, patients can call the NH Virtual Primary & Community Care Clinic at 1-844-645-7811 (daily, 10am to 10pm) to access a family doctor or nurse practitioner. The First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program also enables Indigenous people and their family members living in BC with limited or no access to their own doctors to make virtual appointments, by calling 1-855-344-3800 (seven days per week, 8:30 am to 4:30). And Northern BC residents can also book an appointment to see a pharmacist for 21 minor ailments and prescription contraceptives.

For the most updated information on wildfire evacuation alerts and orders for your area, please visit the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality Facebook page. Emergency Info BC also has up-to-date info on wildfire activity in the province.