No physician coverage in Wabasca-Desmarais Health Care Centre ED for three days

March 11, 2022

WABASCA-DESMARAIS — The Wabasca-Desmarais Health Care Centre Emergency Department (ED) will be temporarily without on-site physician coverage from Monday, March 14 at 8 a.m. to Thursday, March 17 at 8 a.m.

Nursing staff will remain on-site in the Emergency Department providing urgent triage and assessments and referrals for patients to alternate Emergency Departments in neighbouring communities. Nursing staff will not be able to provide prescriptions or other services.

Patients are asked to call 911 if they have a medical emergency. EMS will remain available to the community and be re-routed to the Slave Lake Healthcare Centre (122 km), Athabasca Healthcare Centre (175 km), or Boyle Healthcare Centre (199km).

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

Depending on their needs, patients seeking care at the ED in Wabasca-Desmarais 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.