August 18, 2020
EDMONTON – Effective Aug. 18, the Devon General Hospital emergency department (ED) has resumed service with a phased reopening, accepting patients from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The ED was temporarily closed on April 20 as part of Alberta Health Services’ COVID-19 response. The closure was implemented to help protect 14 long-term-care residents at the hospital, who are at heightened risk for severe illness if exposed to COVID-19.
To help protect these residents, a temporary barrier has been built to allow ED patients to access services separate from inpatient areas of the hospital. As well, staff will be designated to one area of the hospital and will not transition between the ED and inpatient units.
AHS will monitor patient volumes and acuity regularly to determine when the hospital’s ED can resume 24-hour service. Until then, local residents seeking after-hours emergency care are advised to visit the Leduc Community Hospital or the Westview Health Centre in Stony Plain.
All patients requiring immediate medical care should phone 911.
Individuals requiring non-emergency medical care continue to be encouraged to call their family physician. To speak to a nurse and receive telephone advice and health information, families can also contact Health Link 24/7 by dialing 811.
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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