Despite cautious optimism earlier this fall that the emergency department at the Altona Community Memorial Health Centre would resume services 12 hours a day, 7 days a week by October 31st - that will not be the case.
An update from Southern Health-Sante Sud on Friday says the Altona Community Medical Group continues to face ongoing human resource challenges affecting emergency department services at the hospital.
As a result, the ER will operate Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Southern Health-Sante Sud acknowledged the inconvenience this has on the community, noting officials endeavor to continue all efforts to reinstate a 24/7 emergency department, adding increasing and preserving the current medical staff resources remains a top priority.
Meantime, the Altona Clinic will continue to offer limited same-day appointments with health care providers Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 204-324-6447 to book an appointment.
Outpatient services such as lab work, minor procedures and wound care currently provided through the emergency department will continue to be scheduled as required.
Click here for more information about accessing healthcare services and the Southern Health-Santé Sud emergency department schedule.