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24-hour emergency department closure starts Thursday in Fort Macleod

24-hour emergency department closure starts Thursday in Fort Macleod
Fort Macleod Health Centre emergency room temporarily closing for 24 hours starting May 23 at 8 a.m.
Fort Macleod Health Centre emergency room temporarily closing for 24 hours starting May 23 at 8 a.m.
IMAGE: Metro Creative
IMAGE: Metro Creative

24-hour emergency department closure starts Thursday in Fort Macleod

By Mia Parker
By Mia Parker
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | Shootin the Breeze
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | Shootin the Breeze
May 22, 2024
May 22, 2024

Alberta Health services has given notice that the Fort Macleod Emergency Department will be temporarily closed from 8 a.m. Thursday, May 23, to 8 a.m. Friday, May 24. 

Patients seeking care are encouraged to go to the Pincher Creek Health Centre, Cardston Health Centre or Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.

According to a media release from AHS Wednesday evening, this sudden closure is due to a lack of physician coverage. Nursing staff will remain on-site to provide care for long-term care residents.

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

EMS calls will be re-routed to Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, 49 kilometres away. An AHS media representative clarified with Shootin’ the Breeze that this shouldn’t mean any increase in transportation fees. 

Patients should still call 911 for health emergencies, and 811 for non-emergency health questions.

 

 

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Alberta Health services has given notice that the Fort Macleod Emergency Department will be temporarily closed from 8 a.m. Thursday, May 23, to 8 a.m. Friday, May 24. 

Patients seeking care are encouraged to go to the Pincher Creek Health Centre, Cardston Health Centre or Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge.

According to a media release from AHS Wednesday evening, this sudden closure is due to a lack of physician coverage. Nursing staff will remain on-site to provide care for long-term care residents.

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

EMS calls will be re-routed to Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, 49 kilometres away. An AHS media representative clarified with Shootin’ the Breeze that this shouldn’t mean any increase in transportation fees. 

Patients should still call 911 for health emergencies, and 811 for non-emergency health questions.

 

 

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Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.