Western Hospital emergency department to close overnight

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The emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton will be closed overnight, beginning at 10 p.m., due to a temporary lack of physician coverage.

A Health P.E.I. news release says the emergency department will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

West Prince residents with urgent medical needs should call 9-1-1 or seek emergency services at the Prince County Hospital, or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, when:

- experiencing discomfort or tightness in the chest;

- experiencing unusual shortness of breath;

- experiencing abdominal pain;

- experiencing prolonged and persistent headache or dizziness;

- an injury may require stitches or involve a broken bone;

- a child has prolonged diarrhea or vomiting; or

- a baby under six months of age has a fever of 38°C (100.4°F) or higher.

In non-urgent situations, all Islanders are encouraged to visit their family physician’s office or a walk-in clinic. Locations and hours are available at www.healthpei.ca/walkinclinics.

Organizations: Western Hospital, Health P.E.I., Prince County Hospital Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Alberton, West Prince

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