Western Hospital ER closing early Wednesday

People with health concerns and those who need immediate health information can call 811 to speak to an experienced registered nurse for advice. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)
People with health concerns and those who need immediate health information can call 811 to speak to an experienced registered nurse for advice. (Shane Hennessey/CBC - image credit)

Western Hospital's emergency department in Alberton will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday due to a lack of staff.

The emergency department will open Thursday at 8 a.m., according to Health P.E.I.

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.

The Collaborative Emergency Centre at Western Hospital is also closed at the moment, also because of a lack of staff. It won't reopen until at least January, officials have previously said.