Bridge Youth & Family Services opens new detox facility in Kelowna – Kelowna News

New drug detox facility

Madison Erhardt

The Bridge Youth & Family Services has opened a second adult withdrawal management facility in Kelowna.

The eight-bed facility is at 480 Royal Avenue, right next to Kelowna General Hospital.

“It is a medically supported detox service that is staffed by nurses 24/7 and withdrawal management workers and daily support from a physician,” said the executive director of The Bridge, John Yearschenko.

Yearschenko says the facility provides an alternative to KGH.

“If they weren’t accessing the service here they would have to be in the emergency department. So it is really for people that require medical support for withdrawal from the substance they have been using.”

The average length of stay for a client is about five to seven days.

The new facility increases the allotment of withdrawal management beds from 14 in Kelowna to 22.

The only other withdrawal management facility is along Highway 33 in Rutland.

The new space operates through self-referral. Clients must fill out an intake form.

“An assessment is done over the phone and people are triaged and given appointments,” Yearschenko added.

The new facility is expected to be up and running by the second week of January.

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