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Temporary reduction to obstetrical services at Bonnyville hospital take effect overnight

There will be a temporary reduction to obstetrical services at the Bonnyville Healthcare Centre overnight tonight, Nov. 17, beginning at 11 p.m. Covenant Health made the announcement two hours prior to the service reduction taking effect.
The Town of Bonnyville has made it clear expanding the Bonnyville Covenenant Healthcare Centre’s emergency department is a top priority.
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BONNYVILLE – The Bonnyville Healthcare Centre will have a temporary reduction in obstetrical services starting on Nov. 17 at 11 p.m. and ending at 7 a.m. on Nov. 18. 

The reduction in obstetrical services is due to staffing shortages at the health centre, according to Covenant Health.  

The emergency department and other services will remain open at Bonnyville hospital. 

“Full obstetrical services are expected to resume at Bonnyville Health Centre on Nov. 18, based on current information,” says Covenant Health. 

Shelly Franklin, the site administrator for the Bonnyville Healthcare Centre, said, “We acknowledge that this temporary service reduction will cause some concern for local residents, and we ask that you are patient with our staff during this challenging time.” 

She added, “We are grateful to the teams from Covenant Health and AHS, who are working tirelessly to find solutions to staffing shortages in the North Zone. Our top priority remains the safety of our patients and staff.” 

Notice of the temporary reduction in obstetrical services at the Bonnyville Healthcare Centre was made publicly available on Nov.17, at about 9 p.m.