The Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre will be unable to support complicated obstetrical patients and urgent surgeries for a 63-hour period due to a gap in physician coverage.
The temporary gap in services will last from Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m. to Dec. 5, at 8 a.m.
This is the second time in the past three weeks that the hospital has had to close their doors to these services for a multi-day period. On Nov.17 the Hospital had a 96-hour period where they were unable to take complicated obstetrical patients or urgent surgeries.
During this time any obstetrical patients requiring surgical or epidural services that would normally be taken to Wetaskiwin Hospital will be referred to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.
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Manager of the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre Alison Hogarth states that the Wetaskiwin location will continue to provide emergency and initial care to patients requiring surgical intervention.
The Hospital will also be able to provide care to non-surgical obstetrical patients and those with non-epidural pain management needs.
Full obstetrical and surgical services in Wetaskiwin will resume at 8 a.m. on Dec. 5.