No physician coverage in McLennan ED Saturday, Sunday 

July 16, 2021

McLENNAN — The Sacred Heart Community Health Centre emergency department (ED) will be temporarily without on-site physician coverage Saturday, July 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again from 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 18, to 7 a.m. on Monday, July 19. 

This is a temporary measure and AHS is working to ensure local residents continue to have access to the care they need during this time.  

Nursing staff will remain on-site in providing care for inpatients, with one local physician in the community.  

Patients are asked to call 911 if they have a medical emergency. EMS calls will be re-routed to High Prairie Health Complex (50 km away), Peace River Community Health Centre (80 km) or Valleyview Healthcare Centre (90 km) to ensure local residents continue to have access to the emergency services they need. 

Depending on their needs, patients seeking care at the ED in McLennan 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 is grateful for the support of surrounding healthcare centres and medical staff, and would like to thank the community for its patience and 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.