The Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre emergency department (ED) will be temporarily without physician coverage from 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 until 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is working hard to ensure residents continue to have access to the care they need during this time, and to keep all other services at the site operating as normal. Inpatient units are not impacted by this closure.
Patients presenting to the site seeking ED services will be referred to emergency departments in surrounding communities as needed, or to the local medical clinic for follow up with a family physician 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 Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre, Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre, and Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.
Residents are reminded to call Health Link at 811, which is available 24/7, for non-emergency, health-related questions.
AHS is grateful for the support of surrounding healthcare centres and medical staff and would like to thank the community for its 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.