Western Hospital emergency shutdown for 24 hours starting Saturday

Wayne Thibodeau
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Western Hospital in Alberton

Western P.E.I.’s only emergency department is being shutdown on Saturday because of a lack of physicians.

Health P.E.I. says the emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton will be closed for 24 hours.

The shutdown will last from 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 until 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

On Nov. 16, the emergency department will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

During these periods of closure, Island EMS will transport patients from the West Prince area who require emergency medical care directly to the Prince County Hospital in Summerside.

Anyone with urgent medical needs should continue to call 9-1-1 or seek emergency services in Summerside.

In non-urgent situations, Islanders are encouraged to visit their family physician’s office or a walk-in clinic.


Online:  www.healthpei.ca/walkinclinics


Organizations: Western Hospital, Prince County Hospital

Geographic location: Summerside, Alberton, West Prince

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  • Arnot
    November 09, 2012 - 17:51

    Really!? We have 10's of Millions of Doallars to try to "improve" a section of the TCH, but we can't run our hospitals properly? Now there's brain power!? Oh, I forgot, we can't check to see if they used brain power....the Cat Scan was repossessed!

  • peiman
    November 09, 2012 - 17:50

    Ready Alberton??? You have your "little hospital" that you fought so hard for and the process starts to make it another O'Leary......LOL

  • rotating routine closure toward total closure
    November 09, 2012 - 16:36

    If you can plan when you need emergency room check the schedule, if you have an emergency go to Summerside. In any event the rotating closures lead to complete shutdown coming your way soon. Vote Liberal, one island and one tyrant for everybody. thanks eh

  • cromwell
    November 09, 2012 - 16:24

    Just read that Sudbury, a city of some 140,000 in Northern Ontario, has so far seen 27 new family doctors open practices in the city, Having experienced Sudbury at first hand for some years (often called the 'armpit' of Ontario), how come those responsible for health PEI can't emulate this success level - the island has a similar population base, and provides a much better location. perhaps they can check with their counterparts in Sudbury to find out how that city is successful and PEI isn't.

    • Health PEI has FAILED
      November 11, 2012 - 18:31

      This is a good idea "Cromwell" but we are asking a continued failed Health PEI to do something constructive and as we all know, they refuse to do anything that is constructive or helpful. Health PEI has been a HUGE FAILURE! When will this goverrnment disban such an unsuccessful burocracy of useless overrpaid idiots? There is no leadership in PEI, just blind stupidity. Keep doing the same stupid thing over and over again expecting different results. Another waste of tax dollars. This nightmare never ends!