Due to an ongoing shortage of registered nurses to deliver emergency services at the Wilkie and District Health Centre, the emergency department will operate on reduced hours Mondays through Fridays, beginning Dec. 2, 2019 and continuing until further notice, said the Saskatchewan Health Authority in a release Monday. The hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Weekend emergency department services will be reduced to daytime hours only the weekends before and after Christmas (Dec. 21 and 22, and Dec. 28 and 29). Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Emergency department hours will return to day and nighttime hours the weekend of Jan. 4 and 5, 2020, however reduced weekend emergency department service is anticipated Jan. 11 and 12, 2020. Further information on weekend emergency service hours will be available in early January.
All other services at the Wilkie and District Health Centre remain available as usual.
Emergency department services are available 24/7 in Unity and North Battleford. Emergency services MAY also be available at Biggar and District Health Centre. Please call the Biggar facility first to verify emergency services availability, at 306-948-3323.
Recruitment for RN positions is a priority for Wilkie and District Health Centre. Updates will be provided to the community on the status of recruitment and the timing for returning the emergency department in Wilkie to its normal hours of operation.
Physician clinic appointments remain available during regular clinic hours at the Wilkie Medical Clinic, 203 - 2 Avenue West, phone 306-843-2888.
“We appreciate residents’ understanding and we will continue to work to limit service disruptions as much as possible,” said the SHA.
In the event of an emergency, call 911. EMS will be dispatched to respond. EMS will assess the patient, initiate treatments and transport to the most appropriate facility to provide further care for the patient’s illness/injury.
If residents have questions in regards to their health, medical advice can be provided by calling Saskatchewan HealthLine at 811 toll-free 24 hrs/day.