No physician coverage in Boyle Healthcare Centre ED for 25-hour period

June 13, 2021

BOYLE — The Boyle Healthcare Centre emergency department (ED) will be temporarily without on-site physician coverage for 25 hours, beginning 8 a.m. on Monday, June 14.

Regular ED physician coverage will resume at 9 a.m. on June 15.

This is a temporary measure and AHS is working to ensure local residents continue to have access to the care they need during this time. Nursing staff will remain on-site in the ED providing triage and assessments, and referrals for patients to other EDs in surrounding communities as needed.

Patients are asked to call 911 if they have a medical emergency. EMS calls will be re-routed to the Athabasca Healthcare Centre (45 km away) or the William J. Cadzow - Lac La Biche Healthcare Centre (66 km away).

Depending on their needs, patients seeking care at the local ED 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.

AHS is 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.