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Emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton closing early Tuesday

Health P.E.I. advises anyone with emergency medical needs to call 911. (Steve Bruce/CBC - image credit)
Health P.E.I. advises anyone with emergency medical needs to call 911. (Steve Bruce/CBC - image credit)

The emergency department at Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., is closing at 4 p.m. Tuesday due to a lack of staffing.

The department is expected to be open again Wednesday for its regular hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Health P.E.I. advises anyone with emergency medical needs to call 911 or seek emergency services 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 that may require stitches or involve a broken bone.

  • A child has prolonged diarrhea or vomiting.

  • A baby under six months of age has a fever of 38 C or higher.

If you have any health concerns or need immediate health information, call 811 to speak to a registered nurse.