Five Williams Lake nurses are starting training at Royal Inland Hospital this week as part of the ongoing efforts to reopen the maternity ward at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, Interior Health tweeted Monday.
This morning, five Williams Lake nurses began perinatal training at Royal lnland Hospital. The accelerated program will give them full certification as perinatal nurses and ensure that moms in the #Cariboo can deliver babies in their home community. @WLTribune @TheGOATRocks pic.twitter.com/sgIYFyoF0i
— Interior Health (@Interior_Health) April 1, 2019
Expectant mothers in the Cariboo Chilcotin have been travelling to other cities such as Kamloops and Prince George to deliver their babies since Interior Health announced the temporary closure of the maternity ward Feb 27 due to critical staffing issues.
An IH spokesperson told the Tribune last week it is hopeful it won’t be waiting until the end of June to re-open the maternity unit, but that hiring nurses permanently takes time.
CMH staff will make exceptions on local deliveries in emergency situations.