No Bed Closures At Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, Many Hospitals Across Province Experiencing Staffing Issues

The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre isn’t experiencing any bed closures at this time.

Multiple hospitals across Alberta, including in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Grande Prairie, have had to close off a number of beds due to staffing issues.

Several other smaller communities have also seen closures at different health centres.

In an email sent to Mix News, Spokesperson for Alberta Health Services Logan Clow says the NLRHC isn’t experiencing any staff shortages with all beds currently open to help residents in need.

Despite closures across the province, AHS says everyone who needs help will receive it.

“Any patient needing emergency care anywhere in Alberta, or needing an acute care bed, will receive the high quality of care you expect from AHS.”

“Temporary bed closures are not uncommon for AHS, or for any other health system across Canada. The system is dynamic & beds are managed on an hourly basis based on patient need, staffing levels & many other factors.”

According to CBC Edmonton, the health agency claims they have more people employed than ever before, however, everyone is tired from the pandemic.

AHS says 8,500 acute care beds and 1,200 emergency department spaces continue to be operational.

They believe any vacant spots will be filled by the end of August or September.

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