Wednesday , 19 January 2022

No Physician on site at Cold Lake Emergency department for the majority of Sunday; doctor shortage causes more ED disruptions

Due to the inability to secure physician coverage, the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre Emergency Department (ED) will be temporarily without on-site physician coverage the following dates and times:

  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, January 9
  • 11 p.m., Sunday, January 9 to 7 a.m., Monday January 10
  • 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday, January 10
  • 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday, January 11
  • 11 p.m., Wednesday, January 12 to 3 p.m. Thursday, January 13
  • 11 p.m., Thursday, January 13 to 7 am., Friday, January 14

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 ED providing triage and assessments, and referrals for patients to alternate EDs in surrounding communities as needed.


Patients are asked to call 911 if they have a medical emergency. EMS will be re-routed to surrounding healthcare centres to ensure local residents continue to have access to the emergency services they need.


Residents are reminded to call Health Link at 811, which is available 24/7 for non-emergency health-related questions.


We are thankful 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.


Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.



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