Due to gaps in physician coverage, the Coronation Hospital and Care Centre Emergency Department (ED) will be temporarily closed over the following dates and times:
• 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3
• 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 to noon on Thursday, Oct. 6
• 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 to noon on Friday, Oct. 13
• 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 17
• 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 to noon on Friday, Oct. 20
These closures are a temporary measure. Efforts to secure locum coverage to mitigate these gaps for the community continue though efforts have been unsuccessful thus far. Should any of these gaps be filled, the community will be notified.
Nursing staff will remain present at the site during the closures to assess any patients who present to the ED. They will provide first aid where needed and refer patients to alternate care facilities in surrounding communities should their condition require it. EMS will be available to transport patients to other facilities depending on their condition.
All other services at the site will continue to operate as normal throughout each of these temporary closures. Inpatient units are not affected, and patients will continue to receive the care and support they need.
Patients requiring emergency medical care during this time are asked to call 911. EMS will re-route to surrounding facilities, including the Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in Castor, the Hanna Health Centre, and the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre. Residents are also reminded they can call Health Link at 811, which is available 24/7, for non-emergency, health-related questions.
AHS is grateful for the support of surrounding health care centres and medical staff and would like to thank the community for its patience and understanding during this time. Physician recruitment efforts continue to support Coronation and the surrounding area.
AHS has two physician positions it is recruiting for, both in varying stages of being filled.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health support and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Our mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. Our current focus is on reducing emergency department wait times, improving EMS response times, increasing access to surgeries, and improving patient flow.