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  • Community Information

    The growing city of Merritt is located at the hub of the Coquihalla Highway system in southern British Columbia, within easy reach of major centres such as Vancouver and Kamloops. Merritt is the service centre for the Nicola Valley, with mining, forestry, agriculture and summer tourism forming the community’s economic base. Mild winters and dry, sunny summers characterize the climate here supporting a variety of year round recreational activities including mountain biking, hiking, golfing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

    INDUSTRY:
    Mining, forestry, agriculture, tourism


    • Population

      Town Population: 7,113 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 20.8%

      18-24: 9.9%

      25-64: 52.5%

      65+: 16.9% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Thompson Cariboo Shuswap

      Regional District: Thompson-Nicola

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: B

      RRP Points: 17.85


    • Practitioner + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 8 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics

      Optimum Health Medical Clinic

      Box 69, 2035 Charters Street

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-6010

      Lower Nicola Health Centre

      181 Nawashaskin Lane

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1N2

      P: 250 378-4089 | F: 250 378-6188

      www.lnib.net

      Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society

      Box 3090, 103 – 2090 Coutlee Avenue

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-9745 | TFP: 1 888 667-2477 | F: 250 378-4962

      www.schss.com


  • The Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre is a Level 1 community hospital with 8 beds, acute care, emergency services, laboratory and radiology services.


    • Contact Info

      Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre

      3451 Voght Street

      Merritt, BC, V1B 1K8

      P: 250 378-2242 | F: 250 378-3287

      http://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Location&loc=Nicola%20Valley%20Hospital%20and%20Health%20Centre&svc=&ploc=

    • Emergency Room

      There is a full service Emergency Room in this community. It is open 24/7.

      Number of Visits Per Year: Scheduled: 3,822 / Unscheduled: 8,963 (2007/2008: IHA Stats)

      Number of Emergency Room beds: 8 + 1 overflow bed

      Travel distance to nearest hospital: 86 km to Kamloops


    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      CAEP Classification

      Description Level 4 – Facility with inpatient beds. May be optional services i.e. obstetrics, definitive for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as required, open 24/7

      CTAS Level

      CTAS Level I (Resuscitation)

      CTAS Level II (Emergent)

      CTAS Level III (Urgent)

      CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent)

      CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)


    • Maternity

      Midwife in the Community

      Debbie Tancsa

      P: 250 378-5207


    • Lab services

      Nicola Valley Health Centre Lab

      3451 Voght Street

      Merritt, BC, V1B 1K8

      P: 250 378-2242 | F: 250 378-3286

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am – 12 noon, Sat by appointment only

    • Blood Bank

      There is a blood bank in this community.


    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Nicola Valley Health Centre

      3451 Voght Street

      Merritt, BC, V1B 1K8

      P: 250 378-2242 | F: 250 378-3286

      Ultrasound

      There are ultrasound services in this community.

      CT

      There are CT services in this community.

      Mammography

      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.



    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services.


    • Pharmacy

      Black’s Pharmacy

      Box 25, 2037 Quilchena Avenue

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-2155 | F: 250 378-4884

      Drugstore Pharmacy #8583

      2760 Forksdale Avenue

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1R9

      P: 250 378-2431 | F: 250 378-2471

      Pharmasave Drugs #154

      Box 2160, Quilchena Square, 1800 Garcia Street

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-9238 | F: 250 378-4448

      Wal-mart Pharmacy #1036

      100 – 3900 Crawford Avenue

      Merritt, BC, V1K 0A4

      P: 250 315-1371 | F: 250 315-1356

    • Extended Care

      In-community

      Gillis House (75 beds)

      1699 Tutill Court

      Merritt, BC

      P: 250 378-3271 | F: 250 378-3252

      The Florentine

      4100 Belshaw Street

      Merritt, BC, V1K 0A5

      P: 250 378-5300 | F: 250 378-5350

      Nicola Meadows

      Box 39, 2670 Garcia Street

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-4254 | F: 250 378-4264

      www.nicolameadows.com


    • Home Nursing

      Community Home Nursing & Pre-natal Care

      Nicola Valley Health Centre

      3451 Voght Street South

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1C6

      P: 250 378-3409

      In-community

      Home Care Nursing

      Lower Nicola Indian Band

      230 Highway 8 West

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1M9

      P: 250 378-4089

      We Care Kamloops

      P: 250 851-2911

      F: 250 545-9729

      Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society

      Box 3090, 103 – 2090 Coutlee Avenue

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-9745 | TFP: 1 888 667-2477 | F: 250 378-4962

      www.schss.com

    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society

      Box 3090, 103 – 2090 Coutlee Avenue

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-9745 | TFP: 1 888 667-2477 | F: 250 378-4962

      www.schss.com

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      IH Alcohol/Drug/Mental Health Services

      3451 Voght Street

      Merrit, BC, V1K 1C6

      P: 250 378-3401

      Hrs: Vary. Call for details

      In-community

      Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society

      Box 3090, 103 – 2090 Coutlee Avenue

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-9745 | TFP: 1 888 667-2477 | F: 250 378-4962

      www.schss.com

      CYMH Merritt

      2180 Coutlee Avenue

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-1476

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      Conayt Friendship Centre

      1999 Garcia Street

      Merritt, BC, V2B 1B8

      P: 250 378-5107 | F: 250 378-6676

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5:00 pm


    • Social workers

      Nicola Family Therapy

      Box 968, 2185A Voght Street

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8

      P: 250 378-9222

      Scw’exmx Child and Family Services Society

      #230 Street, Coldwater Indian Reserve

      Merritt, BC, V1K 1N2

      P: 250 378-2771 | F: 250 378-2799


  • Pre/Post Natal Health Care
    Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society
    Box 3090, 103 – 2090 Coutlee Avenue
    Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8
    P: 250 378-9745 | TFP: 1 888 667-2477 | F: 250 378-4962
    Hrs: In community each Tuesday
    www.schss.com

    The Canadian Diabetes Association
    Merritt & District Branch
    1589 Sutherland Avenue
    Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5Y7
    P: 250 762-9447
    www.diabetes.ca