City's third walk-in clinic close to reopening

Doctor hopes to have Kamloops Urgent Care Clinic open Monday

Kamloops Daily News
February 21, 2013 01:00 AM

Barring unforeseen problems or renovation glitches, the Kamloops Urgent Care Clinic could be taking patients by Monday.

Clinic practitioner Dr. Todd Ring said Thursday repairs are still being done from the Feb. 5 flooding caused by a broken overhead pipe.

The clinic treats about 80 patients a day. With it closed due to the flood damage, the remaining two walk-in clinics in town have been busier than ever.

Royal Inland Hospital's emergency department has also reported an increase in patients, dealing with an average of 172 people per day this month instead of the usual 150 to 155.

Ring said the reopening date isn't firm, but a press release will be issued when it is certain.

"It's tentatively looking like Monday. But there's still lots of work to be done," he said.

"It'll be early next week for sure, barring some unforeseen problem."

Water flooded down the walls and across the floors. Computers with patient information were not damaged, but equipment had to be taken out so repairs could be done.

Ring didn't know what caused the pipe to burst. The building is owned by Loblaw, which owns the main tenant, Superstore.

Once the clinic is ready to reopen, it'll be business as usual, Ring said.

"The plan is to open everything fully staffed when we open."


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