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Friday , 24 September 2021

Temporary closure for Elk Point Healthcare Centre emergency department for 24 hours

A temporary closures will be in effect for the Elk Point Healthcare Centre emergency department (ED) for 24 hours as a result of not having a physician on site.

The ED will not be accepting patients for a 24 hour period starting Tuesday August 10, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., and as well for a 24 hour period on Thursday August 12, 2021 starting at 8:00 a.m.

Signage will be placed at the front door stating the closure.

A patient who still presents to the ED may be assessed (CTAS) by the RN on site however, not registered. If the patient is CTAS 1, 2, or 3, call 911 to have EMS respond to the health center to treat and transport the patient.

If a patient is CTAS 4 or 5, the patient should be directed to travel to the St. Therese – St. Paul Healthcare Centre (35 km). If possible, please make the facility aware if a patient is being directed to them.

EMS is aware of the ED closure and will bypass Elk Point to other emergency departments when transporting a patient.

The admitted acute patients will continue to receive care from the community physician; no transfers are required.

This temporary closure is the result of lack of physician coverage.

“AHS is committed to ensuring ongoing access to healthcare in Elk Point,” AHS stated. “We are doing all we can to ensure patients receive the care they need, when they need it, and would like to thank all staff, patients and physicians for their support and understanding during this time.”

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!