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Staff shortages force some temporary ER closures and reduced hours in Westman

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: July 4, 2022 06:46

Affected facilities are in Grandview, Treherne, Melita and Souris

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Summer staffing challenges at a number of health-care facilities located in the Prairie Mountain Health Region will result in the temporary adjustment of emergency department and hospital admission hours at several locations in order to ensure reliable and consistent health services for residents and visitors to the region. 

PMH says "these challenges, resulting from a combination of vacancies, staff leaves, and vacations, have been discussed with physician leadership and staff at the affected sites as well as with key community stakeholders. The feedback generated during these meetings made it clear that access to consistent, reliable and known Emergency Department services is a priority.

The schedule below has been created as part of PMH’s Summer Operations plan in an effort to provide certainty for our residents and our visitors. 

• Treherne – Emergency Department and hospital admissions will be temporarily suspended
• Grandview – Emergency Department services will remain in place from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Overnight and weekend emergency department services will be temporarily suspended effective July 8th. 
• Melita – Emergency Department and hospital admissions will be temporarily suspended effective June 30th
• Souris – Emergency Department services remain available 24 hours per day, except for Mondays and Wednesdays, when services will be suspended - effective July 4th 

Laboratory and diagnostic service hours at the above sites are unchanged.

PMH continues to work on the recruitment of physicians and other professional and skilled health-care staff. We will continue to work with communities to discuss how we can best work together to encourage people to live and work in our health region. We are also working closely with other health service delivery organizations on provincial recruitment, retention and training efforts.

We thank the residents of Prairie Mountain Health for their patience and understanding during this time.

Please help by using the Emergency Department during the designated hours for the purpose it was designed for – to manage serious health care needs. All less serious health care needs should be addressed through your primary care (doctor or nurse practitioner’s) clinic. 

Please Remember:

In the event of an Emergency – please call 911.
EMS (ambulance) services provide emergency response to all areas of Prairie Mountain Health. All residents making 911 calls are transported to the nearest open emergency department.

We strongly encourage anyone seeking Emergency Department services to call their local health centre to determine the nearest open Emergency Department. The PMH website and social media platforms also provide up-to-date Emergency Department schedules at https://www.prairiemountainhealth.ca/emergencydepartment-schedules 

For general health care inquiries, call Health Links-Info Santé at 1-888-315-9257."

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