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City at 'fork in road,' air-quality report says

February
24
,
2016
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Kamloops is at a fork in the road according to the latest city air-quality report prepared for Kamloops Physicians for a Healthy Environment. The report, by TRU economist Peter Tsigaris and retired Environment Canada scientist Robert Schemenauer,...

STD online testing expands to Kamloops

February
22
,
2016
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People living in Kamloops will now be able to access STI and HIV testing without having to visit a doctor or nurse. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), in collaboration with Interior Health and LifeLabs, will be expanding the pilot...

Clark plays politics with MSP, coalition says

February
12
,
2016
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Premier Christy Clark may be playing politics with medical insurance premiums, promising to consider the issue in next week’s budget with no plans to scrap what many see as a regressive tax, says a B.C. Health Coalition co-chairman. That...

Lake promises 1,600 more nurses

January
19
,
2016
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The province is working in partnership with B.C. Nurses’ Union (BCNU) to create more than 1,600 additional regular nursing positions. “Nurses are important, highly-skilled members of health care teams throughout British Columbia, and...

Making 'Dementia Friends' this month

January
18
,
2016
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A number of Kamloops area residents are this month making one of their most important New Year's resolutions ever. They're becoming Dementia Friends, committing to learning a little bit about dementia so they can be supportive and...

IHA sees broader benefit in refugee plans

December
30
,
2015
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Interior Health is gearing up for the arrival of 400 refugees in the region over the next three months with plans intended to improve care for all newcomers. The New Year marks a new beginning for Syrian refugees arriving in the Interior region...

More choices for quitting tobacco, Lake says

December
30
,
2015
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If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, a visit to the pharmacy is all that’s needed, Health Minister Terry Lake announced Wednesday.  As of Jan. 1, 2016, smokers who want to quit no longer need to call HealthLink BC at...

Crane comes down, one giant piece at a time

December
20
,
2015
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Eastbound traffic on Columbia was blocked off Sunday as the tower crane used to construct the new clinical services building at Royal Inland Hospital was dismantled and trucked away. A fixture on the city’s skyline for more than two years,...

‘It’s about time,’ RIH Foundation told

December
18
,
2015
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With its goal of upgrading 1 South, RIH Foundation’s holiday fundraising campaign has had an encouraging response in its first week, says CEO Heidi Coleman. There is no total yet for donations to date, but the idea of upgrading the common...

Crane removal marks RIH progress

December
16
,
2015
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The tower crane that has dominated the downtown skyline for months is coming down and the RIH Clinical Services Building is on track to open to patients in summer 2016, Interior Health says. With exterior work nearly complete, the building...