Swan Hills Hospital Resumes 24-Hour Services

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued a press release on Friday (Aug. 26) announcing that the Swan Hill Healthcare Centre (SHHC) would resume its regular hours and services on Monday.

The SHHC has been operating under a temporary change in service hours since Jun. 9, with modified operating hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM while closing overnight due to a lack of registered nursing staff and an inability to find temporary coverage. The original notice for this change of service was projected to last until Jul. 9 but had been extended twice over the course of the summer.

The AHS press release states that staffing levels at the SHHC have now stabilized, permitting the facility to resume 24-hour Emergency Department services and reopen all four acute care patient beds and both Designated Supportive living beds. The SHHC will also start accepting referrals to the medical detox program again on Aug. 29, with admissions to the program potentially beginning on Aug. 31.

AHS closes out the press release with this statement, “AHS would like to thank the community for its patience and understanding during this time when hours were modified and beds were closed. AHS is thankful for the support of EMS, surrounding healthcare centres and medical staff that helped ensure those who needed care continued to have access to it, even if it required receiving that care in a neighbouring community.”

Finally having a clear-cut date for a return to regular operations for the SHHC will allow the Swan Hills community to breathe a sigh of relief after a summer of uncertainty with 81 days of significantly reduced hours and services at the SHHC.

Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette