Western Hospital emergency department closing early Friday, Saturday

There won't be emergency department care at Western Hospital in Alberton after 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 26, Health P.E.I. said on Friday.  (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)
There won't be emergency department care at Western Hospital in Alberton after 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 26, Health P.E.I. said on Friday. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)

Health P.E.I. officials say "a temporary lack of staffing" has led to the decision to close the emergency department at Western Hospital early on Friday and Saturday.

The department will close at 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. both days.

Overnight emergency care won't be available in Alberton either. The collaborative emergency centre is not expected to reopen until January.

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 or higher.

People with health concerns and those who need immediate health information can call 811 to speak to an experienced registered nurse for advice.