According to Alberta Health Services, Airdrie's Urgent Care Centre will be temporarily closed overnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 10 P.M. until 7 A.M. the following mornings starting July 22 for approximately eight weeks due to gaps in physician coverage.
This information was posted to the official Twitter account for AHS Calgary zone on Thursday morning.
"All patients in need of emergency care will receive it. Patients presenting to the Urgent Care Centre during the closure will be assessed, triaged and referred to alternative sites or to local medical clinics for follow-up depending on their needs. EMS will transport patients to nearby facilities as necessary. All efforts to secure coverage have been exhausted."
According to AHS, this measure is being used as a last resort.
"Other services at the site continue. We are grateful to our staff and physicians for their support during this time."
Airdrie MLA Angela Pitt commented on the closures on her official Facebook account and stated that she understands the frustration of residents.
"I understand how frustrating this is to hear and even worse to experience. Sadly, this problem is not unique to our community and I will continue to advocate for better healthcare for all. I will also do my best to update you as this situation evolves."
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