Central Albertans urged to lobby for urgent-care centre

Albertans have until Friday to let the province know what they want to see in the upcoming provincial budget and Sylvan Lake-area residents are being encouraged to spell it out — urgent-care centre.

Albertans have until Friday to let the province know what they want to see in the upcoming provincial budget and Sylvan Lake-area residents are being encouraged to spell it out — urgent-care centre.

People can list their budget priorities in a short online budget survey at — www.alberta.ca/budget-consultations.cfm — until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre urged Central Albertans to speak up before it’s too late.

“The No. 1 priority for Sylvan Lake is urgent care. We see this is an opportunity to reiterate that message to the government. We’re hoping the government heeds that message and includes it in their upcoming budget,” McIntyre said on Wednesday.

Sylvan Lake and area have been diligently pursuing an urgent-care centre since 2011.

The area serves a population of over 22,000 and includes Sylvan Lake, Eckville, Bentley, Benalto, Lacombe County, Red Deer County and summer villages Birchcliff, Half Moon Bay, Jarvis Bay, Norglenwold, and Sunbreaker Cove.

As many as 750,000 people visit the area annually.

An urgent-care centre would treat non-life threatening injuries seven days a week, with access to a lab and X-ray.

“It’s an ongoing issue we face in our community where we need care for our residents that is above the level that a doctor’s office can provide, particularly after regular business hours when most of our non-emergent cases are being treated with emergent cases in the Red Deer emergency room.”

Seeking treatment at the emergency room in Red Deer not only contributes to higher health-care costs, but it also creates longer wait times for care, he said.

Donations collected through community fundraising efforts have raised $115,000 for medical equipment.

“We don’t need a giant capital investment. We’ve got leasing options. We’ve got repurposing of existing facilities as an option. Essentially what we need is the funding for operations of that facility and the approval and support of both Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services,” McIntyre said.

The centre got the green light last spring from the Progressive Conservative government before they lost the provincial election.

He said since then the NDP government has been mum on the proposed project.

The provincial budget will be announced on April 14.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

City of Red Deer gets ball rolling on annexing more land

”It’s important we look ahead,” says Mayor Veer

Walmart melding online and in-store shopping

South Red Deer Walmart recently underwent six months of renovations

Updated: Nature trail unveiled at RDC

Trail unveiling and tree planting honours Nova Chemicals $2 million donation

Rural municipalities seek more funding to address cannabis legalization

Not enough supports in Municipal Cannabis Transition Program

Video: Windows smashed at three Red Deer businesses

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vandalism spree

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

OTTAWA — More than one million jobs could be lost to the… Continue reading

McGill research finds significant driving impairment 5 hours after cannabis use

MONTREAL — Driving under the influence of cannabis remains dangerous even five… Continue reading

Family: Remembering the important things

It seems so much of life is work and routine and then… Continue reading

Canada gets into Women’s World Cup with 7-0 win over Panama

FRISCO, Texas — Christine Sinclair isn’t concerned about chasing records. She’s set… Continue reading

Baldwin urges ‘overthrow’ of Trump government via voting

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Actor Alec Baldwin followed up his latest parody portrayal… Continue reading

Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

CANBERRA, Australia — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex,… Continue reading

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

NEW YORK — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling… Continue reading

Doctors to debate medical pot as more patients expected to ask for prescriptions

VANCOUVER — Doctors with opposing views on whether medical marijuana should be… Continue reading

Most Read