Addiction and mental health staff are available in the emergency department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Grande Prairie and the Northern Lights Regional Health Care Centre in Fort McMurray, providing advice to emergency room physicians for patients presenting with a mental health concern.
Provides assessments and referrals for mental health issues on an emergency basis.
Crisis nurses' primary focus is to provide consultations to the emergency room for persons presenting with a psychiatric emergency. Nurses work closely with emergency department physicians and psychiatrists and will recommend admission to an inpatient psychiatry unit, a referral to a community addiction or mental health service or to a community resource.
Nurses also provide consultation when available for persons who present with a wide range of mental health concerns. People are encouraged to access services through the local mental health clinic rather than the emergency department unless situation is an emergency.