Temporary closure at Boyle emergency department

December 23, 2022

BOYLE — Due to a lack of physician coverage, the Boyle Healthcare Centre emergency department will be closed from Friday, December 23 at 4 p.m. until Monday, December 26 at 9 a.m. 

Nurses will be on site during these hours to assess patients and refer them to other sites as needed. EMS will remain available to the community and will bring patients to nearby facilities as needed. This closure may not occur if coverage is found.

As part of an existing, temporary change in hours at the Boyle Healthcare Centre, the emergency department is also closed between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. If coverage is found, shifts may be added with the goal of returning to regular hours. 

The emergency department will reopen Monday, December 26 at 9 a.m.

Patient safety and care remain the highest priorities for AHS. The organization is working hard to ensure everyone will receive the care they need through its partnership with EMS and a robust regional network of healthcare centres.  

Depending on their needs, patients seeking care at the emergency department in Boyle 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.

We are thankful for the support of surrounding healthcare centres and medical staff and would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during this time.

AHS continues to aggressively recruit healthcare professionals for rural areas. AHS has several initiatives underway to help support recruitment efforts including northern incentive programs as well as working closely with practicing professionals and the community. 

The Alberta Rural Health Professions Action Plan is also in place, aiming to improve rural medical services for communities, support rural practitioners and recruit new talent. You can find all jobs that are posted for Boyle by accessing this link and searching for Boyle: Alberta Health Services Careers ‐ Jobs

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.