LAC LA BICHE - Due to the inability to secure physician coverage, the William J. Cadzow - Lac La Biche Healthcare Centre emergency department will be temporarily without on-site physician coverage from Thursday, May 18 at 5 p.m. until Friday, May 19 at 8 a.m.
Alberta Health Services issued the message shortly after 4pm on Thursday.
AHS officials are asking residents to call 911 if they have a medical emergency. EMS will remain available to the community and will be re-routed to surrounding healthcare centres to ensure local residents continue to have access to the emergency services they need.
This is a temporary measure and AHS is working hard to ensure local residents continue to have access to the care they need during this time. If coverage is found, this disruption may be cancelled.
Nurses on staff
Nursing staff will remain on-site in the emergency department providing triage and assessments, and referrals for patients to alternate emergency departments in surrounding communities, as needed.
Residents are reminded to call Health Link at 811, which is available 24/7 for non-emergency health-related questions.