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Friday , 20 May 2022

No overnight physician at Cold Lake ED tonight or Tuesday: AHS

Once again, the Cold Lake hospital will be without overnight physician coverage at emergency Monday and Tuesday nights.

AHS released a statement Monday afternoon explaining the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre Emergency Department (ED) will be temporarily without on-site physician coverage from 11p.m. on Monday night to 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning. 

The same goes on Tuesday overnight to Wednesday with those same hours.

There has been a dozen AHS notices since January 1 that there will be no overnight coverage in the Cold Lake emergency of at least one night.

AHS said this is a temporary measure and they are 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 remain available to the community and 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.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.