Temporary emergency department closure at Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre

Beginning at 11 p.m. on Feb. 21.

The Emergency Department (ED) at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre will be temporarily closed overnight on Feb. 21 due to a gap in physician coverage. (File photo by Black Press news services)

The Emergency Department (ED) at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre will be temporarily closed overnight on Feb. 21 due to a gap in physician coverage. (File photo by Black Press news services)

The Emergency Department at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre will be temporarily closed overnight from 11 p.m., Feb. 21 until 8 a.m., Feb. 22, due to a gap in physician coverage.

In a release on Feb. 21, Alberta Health Services (AHS) said that the temporary closure comes as a last resort.

New patients will not be admitted after 11 p.m. and those remaining in the department at that time will be treated and discharged according to their needs.

Patients requiring emergency medical care during this time are asked to call 911. EMS will be re-routed to surrounding facilities, including the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre and Stettler Hospital and Care Centre.

AHS said that nursing staff will remain in the emergency department overnight to assess and triage any walk-in patients. Inpatient units and other services at the site are not impacted by this gap in physician coverage.

Those with less urgent needs may be referred to local medical clinics for walk-in appointments Tuesday morning or call Health Link at 811.

The department will resume 24-hour operations as of 8 a.m. Feb. 22.

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