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Gap in physician coverage causes closure at Sylvan Lake urgent care centre on Christmas Day

The Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service will be temporarily closed on Christmas day.

In a press release on Thursday, Alberta Health Services said the service will be closed due to a gap in physician coverage. New patients will not be admitted after 2 p.m. to allow the physician and staff to treat and discharge those in care.

Patients arriving at SLAACS outside the hours of operation will be redirected to other care options as appropriate.

Scheduled appointments with other health services – like Public Health, laboratory and Addiction and Mental Health –at the Sylvan Lake Community Health Centre are not impacted by the temporary closure.

Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service offers diagnosis and treatment of urgent, but non-life-threatening conditions, seven days a week. These include sudden illness or injury that could be cared for in a doctor’s office but requires immediate attention.

Patients requiring emergency medical care are to call 911.

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