No ER care at Western Hospital in Alberton until Saturday morning

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The emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., closed on Friday afternoon and will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 a.m. AT. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)
The emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., closed on Friday afternoon and will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 a.m. AT. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)

The emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., will be closed until 8 a.m. AT on Saturday, Aug.27.

Health P.E.I. said in a release Friday that the closure — which began early Friday afternoon — is due to a temporary lack of staff.

The hospital has been facing severe staff shortages.

On Aug.1, Health P.E.I. made the decision to close its Collaborative Emergency Centre, which operates between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. AT, until Sept. 15.

The emergency department normally operates between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m AT.

Anyone with emergency medical needs should call 911 or seek emergency services when:

  • Experiencing discomfort or tightness in the chest.

  • Experiencing unusual shortness of breath.

  • Experiencing abdominal pain.

  • Experiencing prolonged and persistent headache or dizziness.

  • An injury may require stitches or involve a broken bone.

  • A child has prolonged diarrhea or vomiting.

  • A baby under six months of age has a fever of 38 C (100.4 F) or higher.

If you have any health concerns or need immediate health information, call 811 to speak to an experienced registered nurse for advice on the best course of action.