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Monday , 21 June 2021

Elk Point ER closed for the third time in 30 days due to doctor shortage

For the 3rd time this month, the Elk Point Emergency Department will closed for 24 hours.

There will be no physician on-site in the Emergency Department at the Elk Point Healthcare Centre from Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 8 a.m. to Friday, May 28, 2021 at 8 a.m. This is due to physician vacancies and an inability to secure locum coverage.

This is a temporary measure and AHS is working hard to ensure local residents continue to have access to the care they need during this time.

Nursing staff will remain on-site in the Emergency Department providing triage and assessments and referrals for patients to alternate Emergency Departments in surrounding communities.

EMS calls will be re-routed to St. Paul to ensure local residents continue to have access to the emergency services they need. Patients are asked to call 911 if they have a medical emergency during this time.

Depending on their needs, patients seeking care at the Emergency Department in Elk Point may also be made aware of services available through local pharmacies. Residents are reminded to call Health Link at 811, which is available 24/7 for non-emergency health-related questions.

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