AHS said on Thursday that due to the inability to secure physician coverage, the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre Emergency Department (ED) will again be temporarily without on-site physician coverage from 11:00pm on Friday, July 1 to 7:00am on Saturday, July 2.
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, AHS said. If coverage is found, these disruptions may be cancelled.
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.
“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.”