Emergency Department temporarily closed at Consort Hospital, reduced hours at Daysland

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The Consort Hospital and Care Centre emergency department (ED) will be temporarily without physician coverage Feb. 7, 8, 10, and 11, 2022.

As a result, the ED will be closed to patients during normal operating hours during these dates.

Nursing staff will remain in the ED to assess patients presenting to the department, with phone consults available from the on-call physician in the Coronation ED as needed.

Patients may be referred to emergency departments or other health facilities in surrounding communities depending on their needs.

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

During this time, the medical clinic at the Consort Hospital and Care Centre will also be closed and unavailable for new appointments.

EMS will transport ED patients to other nearby facilities during this temporary closure if necessary.

Long-term care and community support beds will not be impacted by the temporary ED closure. 

The Daysland Health Centre ED will be temporarily implementing reduced hours, beginning February 7.

The ED will continue to be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is working to ensure local residents continue to have access to the care they need.

ED services required outside of these hours can be accessed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose or the Killam Health Care Centre. 

Patients requiring emergency medical care during this time are asked to call 911.

Ambulance transfers will be rerouted to surrounding facilities, including Camrose and Killam. 

Additionally, the number of acute care and rehabilitation beds at the health centre will be temporarily reduced due to a temporary shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).

Patient care will not be affected as the site has sufficient capacity at this time and there is space for additional patients as needed. Ten of our acute care bed spaces and seven rehabilitation beds remain open.

For both situations, residents are reminded to call Health Link at 811, which is available 24/7 for non-emergency, health-related questions.

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