Changes in Health Services


As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, AHS is adjusting our response measures and supports. We continue to ensure we have the capacity to handle the anticipated surge in patients related to COVID-19.

Decisions have been made while ensuring AHS has the staff, equipment (including personal protective equipment) and beds available for any changes which may result in increased demand on our healthcare system caused by COVID-19.

We recognize that these are difficult, stressful times and that any change in service may be concerning. Our number one priority is protecting the health of Albertans, and in this extraordinary situation, we must take significant steps to do so.

Edmonton Zone Update

COVID-19 activity is continuing to increase in Edmonton and the surrounding area and this is impacting system capacity.

On October 23, 2020, Edmonton Zone postponed approximately 30 per cent of scheduled surgeries, adjusting ambulatory visits as required and accessing support from other Zones if needed. Urgent, emergent and cancer surgeries continued.

On December 8, 2020 Edmonton Zone announced additional temporary measures include postponing as much as 60 per cent of scheduled surgeries that require a hospital stay, and reducing ambulatory visits as required. We will maintain emergent, urgent access and prioritized cancer surgeries with all activity fitting within the assigned surge plan bed base.

Taking these additional measures provide additional system capacity and enable the continued provision of safe patient care

Resumption of Diagnostic Imaging and Ambulatory Clinic Services

Surgical Recovery Plan

Changes to Lab Services During COVID-19

We are working hard to deploy our laboratory resources in the safest and most efficient way possible as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) and DynaLIFE Medical Labs have implemented changes in order to meet Public Health guidelines while providing high-quality laboratory services for all Albertans.

Extra safety precautions, combined with challenges maintaining appropriate staffing levels, have resulted in longer than normal wait times for lab service in many communities. Please read the following information to ensure you access necessary lab testing as quickly as possible, and that you are prepared for your visit to the lab:

We strive to ensure our labs and patient service centres are always safe places for everyone. Please be respectful and follow the directions of our staff, as they are there to help you receive the healthcare service you need.