Tofield emergency department closing overnight due to staffing shortage

Starting Thursday, the Tofield Health Centre will close its emergency department overnight because of staffing shortages.

The department will close from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., seven days a week. 

Patients will be referred to emergency departments in surrounding communities, and ambulances will be diverted to Camrose or Viking for emergency care. 

While AHS said the closure will be temporary, a reopening date has not been announced. 

Residents are reminded to call Health Link 811, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for health questions. 

Patients should call 911 in a medical emergency. 

Tofield is about 70 kilometres east of Edmonton. 

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