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Changes coming to Wetaskiwin hospital emergency department

The hospital will have a temporary emergency room as of June 18
Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre (Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer)

As renovations get underway at the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre, visitors can expect to see changes. 

As of June 10, traffic flow through the roundabout in front of the hospital will be divided into two lanes: one for ambulances and emergency vehicles; the other for patient drop-offs.

Public parking will remain available in the lot to the north of the main doors.

As of June 18, the temporary emergency department will be relocated to a space on the hospital’s main floor enabling patient care to continue while extensive renovations are underway.

Patients will still have access to emergency care throughout this time.

Starting June 18, anyone coming to the ED for care is asked to enter through the hospital’s main entrance. A temporary waiting area for emergency patients will be in the main foyer area.

Upgrades to the ED include a complete redesign and renovation to enhance patient and staff experience and safety. Renovations will include additional treatment spaces, a new waiting room, and washrooms accessible to everyone.

Renovations to the permanent ED space at the facility are expected to be completed next year.

Approximately $13 million is being spent on upgrades and renovations at the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre, which will also involve the medical device reprocessing unit. The Wetaskiwin Health Foundation is contributing $1.7 million to purchase new equipment.