Rural Alberta ERs close temporarily amid physician shortages

The emergency sign of a Toronto hospital is photographed on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. A hospital in southwestern Ontario says it will close its emergency department overnight Thursday, the latest in a number of recent temporary ER and urgent care centre closures in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Lupul. AAL

Emergency departments in rural areas outside Edmonton are closing temporarily this Sunday amid a shortage of physicians.

The Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre emergency department will be temporarily closed from Sunday evening to 8 a.m., Monday, according to a news release from AHS.

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Likewise, the emergency department at the Beaverlodge Hospital in Beaverlodge, Alta., will also be temporarily closed from Sunday afternoon to Monday at 8 a.m.

All other services at both hospitals will still be available.

Anyone requiring emergency care is asked to call 911 and they will be redirected to a nearby community.

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