Extension of temporary closure of Elk Point Emergency Department

November 2, 2021

ELK POINT — The Elk Point Healthcare Centre Emergency Department (ED) will continue to be temporarily without on-site physician coverage from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, as a result of not having a physician on site.

This is a temporary measure and will be in effect until November 30, or until on-site physician coverage for those hours can be secured.

We will keep the community updated as physician recruitment efforts continue and more information becomes available.

AHS continues to work hard to ensure local residents continue to have access to the care they need during this time.

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. EMS calls will be re-routed to St. Therese – St. Paul Healthcare Centre in St. Paul (35 km).

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.

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.

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.