Due to gaps in physician coverage, the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre emergency department (ED) will be temporarily closed during the following times over the weekend:
– 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 4, and
– 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 6 until 8 a.m. Monday, August 7
Any patients presenting to the ED during these times will be assessed by nursing staff and referred to other emergency departments in surrounding communities depending on their condition.
EMS will transport patients to other facilities if necessary, including the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre (35 kms away), Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre (40 kms away), and Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (56 kms away).
EMS crews responding from 911 calls with patients requiring hospital care will re-route to alternative facilities as well.
Patients with non-urgent conditions will be redirected to other available care options as appropriate to their needs. These options include calling Health Link at 811 for medical information and advice, returning to the ED when it reopens if necessary, or following up with a primary care provider.
All other services at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre will continue to operate as normal during these temporary ED closures.