Temporary changes to Wetaskiwin emergency department access

June 10, 2024

WETASKIWIN - There will be changes to traffic flow and patient access at Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre beginning this week as emergency department (ED) renovations begin.

As of today (June 10), traffic flow through the roundabout in front of the hospital will be divided into two lanes: one for ambulances and emergency vehicles; the other for patient drop-offs. The public is asked to watch for signs and lane dividers in this area, and to help keep the roundabout clear. Aside from briefly stopping to drop off a passenger and, if needed, assist them inside, vehicles should not stop or park inside the roundabout.

Public parking will remain available in the lot to the north of the main doors.

The current ED will be temporarily relocated to a space on the hospital's main floor as of June 18, enabling patient care to continue while extensive renovations are underway.

Patients will continue to have access to emergency care throughout this time. Starting June 18, anyone coming to the ED for care is asked to enter through the hospital's main entrance. A temporary waiting area for emergency patients will be in the main foyer area.

Upgrades to the ED include a complete redesign and renovation to enhance patient and staff experience and safety. Renovations will include additional treatment spaces, a new waiting room, and washrooms accessible to everyone.

Renovations to the permanent ED space at the facility are expected to be completed next year.

Approximately $13 million is being spent on upgrades and renovations at the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre, which will also involve the medical device reprocessing unit. The Wetaskiwin Health Foundation is contributing $1.7 million to purchase new equipment.

Alberta Health Services thanks the community and surrounding areas for their patience and understanding as this work is completed.

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. Our mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. Our current focus is on reducing emergency department wait times, improving EMS response times, increasing access to surgeries, and improving patient flow.