The friendly town of Ashcroft lies in the South Central Interior of British Columbia in an area known as “The Heart of Gold Country.” Sometimes referred to as the “Arizona” of Canada with its flowering cactus, rolling hills and desert landscape, Ashcroft is a clean, safe, yet properous community with thriving mining, forestry, ranching and tourism industries. For outdoor enthusiasts, Ashcroft offers a wide array of recreational activities from fishing in nearby lakes, to mountain biking to horseback riding “Old West” style.
Ashcroft’s mild climate, relaxing lifestyles and lower cost of living appeals to many, including young couples starting out and retirees seeking a relaxing way of life.
Mining, forestry, ranching, tourism and outdoor sports, service industries, value-added wood manufacturing and government agencies
From the BC Assembly of First Nations site
“The Oregon Jack Creek Band is a small First Nations government in the Thompson Canyon area of the Southern Interior of the Canadian province of British Columbia. Its Indian Reserves and offices are located near the town of Ashcroft, it is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council.”
Village Population: 1,084 (2016 Census) Ashcroft Indian Band total population: 275 (BC Association of First Nations) Oregon Jack Creek Band total population: 68 (BC Association of First Nations)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Interior Health
Health Service Delivery Area: Thompson Cariboo Shuswap
Regional District: Thompson-Nicola
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 22.35
Practitioners + Clinic information
General Practitioners: 3 (www.cpsbc.ca)
The Ashcroft Family Medical Practice Box 729, 100 - 700 Ashcroft-Cache Creek Highway Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-9353
2012 socio-economic profile of South Cariboo (Source: BC Government).
Ashcroft and District General Hospital is a Level 1 Community hospital that provides long-term care, urgent care, and limited emergency care. The hospital is equipped with x-ray facilities and a full range of laboratory services.
Homemakers and home nursing round out the provision of full medical services.
Ashcroft and District General Hospital Box 488, 700 Elm Street Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-2211 | F: 250 453-1921 www.ashcroftbc.ca/health
Extended Care Beds: 24
Emergency Beds: 4
Respite Bed: 1
There is an Emergency Room with limited services and urgent care services in this community.
It is open as needed, and has four beds.
Number of Visits per Year: 2,949 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)
Travel Distance to Transfer Hospital: 169 km to Kamloops.
Hospital CAEP and CTAS
Description Level 3 – Without inpatient beds, Staffed RNs and a few physicians, might provide long term care, definitive care for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as required, usually not 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)
Ashcroft and District General Hospital Lab Box 488, 700 Elm Street Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-2211 | F: 250 453-1921 Hours: Daytime only
There is a blood bank in this community.
X-Ray Ashcroft and District General Hospital Lab Box 488, 700 Elm Street Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-2211 | F: 250 453-1921
Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.
BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services.
Peoples Drug Mart Box 1060, 403 Railway Avenue Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-2553 | F: 250 453-2404
Ashcroft Hospital (Jackson House) (24 beds) Box 488, 700 Elm Street Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-2211 | F: 250 453-1921
Home & Community Care Office P: 250 453-1939 Prenatal Home Visits Ashcroft Hospital Health Centre 700 Ash-Cache Creek Highway Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-1940
Mental Health and Addictions
IH Alcohol/Drug Services 700 Ash/Cache Highway Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-1935 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mental Health Centre Box 488, 700 Elm Street Ashcroft, BC, V0K 1A0 P: 250 453-1950 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Ashcroft Indian Band
There is a health centre in this community with an RN/Community Health Nurse available several times a week.
The centre also offers “vaccinations, help for new mothers, arranges home-care for seniors, provides dietary counselling for people living with diabetes, sets up post-operative care and much more.”
Contact information for nursing staff is available on the Ashcroft Band web site
Oregon Jack Creek Band
Health services is managed through the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council.
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