Temporary closures of Elk Point Healthcare Centre ED extended

November 30, 2021

ELK POINT — The Elk Point Healthcare Centre emergency department (ED) will continue to be temporarily without on-site physician coverage for a 24-hour period starting at 8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

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 during this time. EMS calls will be re-routed to St. Therese – St. Paul Healthcare Centre in St. Paul, 35 km away.

Depending on their needs, patients seeking care at the ED in Elk Point may also be made aware of services available through local pharmacies. Residents are reminded to call Health Link at 811, which is available 24/7 for non-emergency, health-related questions.

AHS continues to secure on-site physician coverage for those hours, and will provide another update on physician recruitment and physician coverage for the local ED in mid-January.

AHS is grateful for the continuous support of surrounding healthcare centres and medical staff, and would thank the community for its 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.