The community health clinic at Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus will be closed temporarily as of Dec. 21 while Interior Health continues efforts to recruit a replacement nurse practitioner. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

TRU health clinic closes temporarily, search for replacement nurse practitioner continues

Nurse practitioner Sandi Lachapelle is leaving her job at the TRU clinic mid-December

A walk-in clinic at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake will be closed temporarily as of Friday, Dec. 21 while the search for a replacement nurse practitioner continues.

Nurse practitioner Sandi Lachapelle who has run the clinic since it opened in 2013 is leaving the clinic this month, noted a press release from Interior Health (IH).

The Williams Lake and District Credit Union Community Health Centre is a partnership between TRU and IH.

Read more: Credit union donates $100,000 to TRU health centre in Williams Lake

TRU provides the space and support staff position and IH has funded the nurse practitioner position.

IH noted it is actively recruiting a new nurse practitioner, but in the meantime, health centre patients that have not found an alternate provider are encouraged to visit the Borland Medi-Clinic at 452 Borland Street for walk-in physician services or call 250-392-1971.

Nurses, pharmacists and dietitians can also be reached on the provincial Healthlink phone line at 811, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For mental health substance use services or advice, contact the Williams Lake Mental Health Centre at 487 Borland Street at 250-392-1484, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For urgent support call the Interior Crisis Line Network 24 hours a day seven days a week at 1-888-353-2273.

Contact IH’s Williams Lake Health Centre at 540 Borland Street at 250-302-5000 for public health services.

For emergency health needs the public is encouraged to call 911 or visit the emergency department at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

The TRU Health Centre is the first university health centre that is run by a nurse practitioner.

Read more: TRU North to open public health clinic

Many students from TRU’s nursing program do practicums at the clinic.



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