Hospital services

More hospital services in Alberta unavailable due to staffing shortages

A shortage of doctors and hospital staff again forced the temporary closure of some departments in three rural hospitals.

In particular, obstetrics is not available at Rocky Mountain House Health Center until Monday morning.

Expectant parents are advised to visit the Red Deer Regional Hospital, about an hour away, when care is needed.

The closure of Rocky Mountain House is in addition to the ongoing closure of obstetrics in Sundre and Rimbey.

Read more:

Fort Saskatchewan Hospital suspends services for pregnant women due to impact of COVID-19 on staff

Meanwhile, the Fairview Health Complex was without a doctor Friday night.

And Cold Lake’s emergency department will be without a doctor periodically throughout the weekend until Tuesday.

The story continues under the ad

Nurses will still be on site to triage patients.

The province is failing Albertans, the NDP said in a press release sent Saturday.

Read more:

High surgical charges and staff shortages drive patient transfers out of Red Deer

“Nixon is failing his constituents by keeping silent as services are cut at every hospital in his constituency. Childbirth is one of the basic functions of a hospital, but expectant parents now have to travel outside of their community to give birth thanks to the UCP,” said health spokesman David Shepherd.

“This hospital staffing crisis is the result of the UCP’s war on healthcare professionals and the UCP’s botched response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Shepherd added.

“I am extremely concerned that we will see more closures as the pressure on our hospitals increases. Jason Copping and the UCP continue to hide the AHS two-week forecast for demand for hospital and intensive care beds.

The latest wave of emergency and obstetrics closures follows recent closures in Swan River and Wabasca.

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.