Royal Inland Hospital

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Royal Inland Hospital (RIH)
Interior Health
Royal Inland Hospital.jpg
RIH from Columbia St and 3rd Ave
Royal Inland Hospital is located in British Columbia
Royal Inland Hospital
Location in British Columbia
LocationKamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates50°40′08″N 120°19′56″W / 50.66889°N 120.33222°W / 50.66889; -120.33222Coordinates: 50°40′08″N 120°19′56″W / 50.66889°N 120.33222°W / 50.66889; -120.33222
Care systemMedicare
TypeGeneral, Teaching
Affiliated universityUBC Faculty of Medicine Thompson Rivers University
Emergency departmentLevel II Trauma Centre
HelipadTC LID: CBC4
Opened1885 [1]

Royal Inland Hospital is a medical facility located in Kamloops, British Columbia serving a catchment area of 225,000 km2.[2]


Interior Health Authority is responsible for the operations of the hospital. It is the publicly funded healthcare provider in the Southern Interior region of the Province.

Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is a 254-bed tertiary acute care hospital located in Kamloops, BC. It is the only tertiary acute care facility in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap area and it is the one of only two tertiary care centres in Interior Health (IHA). As the primary referral centre for the area, it offers a broad range of medical and surgical services. RIH emergency department is recognized for its ability to respond to a number of large and complex traumas annually and for its efficiency in serving needs and demands of a large geographic area. The newest venture in complex acute care is a major capital project for a patient care tower to respond to the service requirements.

Hillside Centre, SHCPR and provincial Tertiary Neuropsychiatry Programs provides intensive mental health services and recovery oriented rehabilitation for patients from throughout the southern interior of BC, working collaboratively with community partners throughout the region as a part of the tertiary mental health system for the Interior Health Authority. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team in a residential setting providing longer term stabilization and recovery oriented care for its clients. South Hills has 40 beds, with each of two psychiatrists and social workers covering 20 of those beds. The tertiary psychiatric team in Kamloops consists of 7 psychiatrists who collaborates as necessary for the quality of services. They extend their services in Community Mental Health such as Geriatric and Addictions work.


  • Diagnostic imaging (CT, MRI and Ultrasound)
  • Emergency
  • Inpatient Care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Palliative Care, Pediatrics)
  • Psychiatry / Mental health
  • Secondary and Tertiary Prevention (Diabetes Clinic)
  • Surgery (General, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Plastics, Urology, Vascular)



In the 2012 year 57,000 patients were assessed in the emergency department.[4]

Educational services[edit]

The hospital serves as a training centre for multiple professions. Nursing students from Thompson Rivers University train at this site.[5] The hospital serves as a site for rotating pharmacy residents.[6] Starting 2014 the hospital will serve as a hub for a family medicine residency training program.[7]


  • 1885 - Constructed with 12 beds
  • 1891 - Renovated to 15 beds
  • 1886 - Woman's ward
  • 1905 - Trafalgar Wing added
  • 1910 - Opening of Columbia Street 128 bed hospital
  • 1925 - Addition of medical laboratory
  • 1947 - West Wing and East Wing added
  • 1965 - Nine story tower built
  • 1981 - North tower built
  • 1988 - West tower built
  • 2006 - Expansion of ER, radiology, orthopedic clinic and preadmission clinic.
  • 2006 - Hillside Psychiatric Centre opened


Future developments[edit]

In 2012 it was announced that the hospital would receive a major expansion including a clinical services building and additional parking.[9][10]


  1. ^ "ROYAL INLAND HOSPITAL Retirees". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  2. ^ "Royal Inland Hospital Foundation - About Us". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  3. ^ "Information Page". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  4. ^ "50 protest inhumane horse slaughter". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  5. ^ "School of Nursing: Thompson Rivers University". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  6. ^ "Interior Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program - Program Overview". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  7. ^ "Solutions: Residency program based at Royal Inland Hospital offers hope for future | City & Region | Kamloops Daily News". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  8. ^ "ROYAL INLAND HOSPITAL Retirees". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  9. ^ "Premier Announces Investment in Redevelopment of Royal Inland Hospital | BC Newsroom". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  10. ^