Alberta Health Services (AHS) announced via a media release on April 11 that the Coronation Hospital and Care Centre emergency department would be closed for a 24-hour period beginning April 12.
The closure is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on April 12 and run until the same time on April 13 due to what AHS is calling “a gap in physician coverage.”
“This is a temporary measure and all other services at the site continue to operate as normal,” said Gayleen Froese, an AHS communications officer, in the release.
“Inpatient units are not affected by this closure. Nursing staff will be present at the site to provide first and triage patients to other patients to other facilities in surrounding communities as required.”
The release continues that patients requiring emergency care during the closure should call 911 for an ambulance response. Ambulances will be redirected to other facilities in the region, such as Castor’s Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital, the Hanna Health Care Centre, and the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre.
For any non-urgent concerns, residents in the area can also contact 811, a provincially operated healthcare service which can answer health-related questions 24 hours a day.
“AHS is grateful for the support of surrounding healthcare centres and medical staff, and would like to thank the community for its patience and understanding during this time,” continued Froese.