AHS transfers patients from Grande Prairie hospital to open space for COVID-19 care – .

AHS transfers patients from Grande Prairie hospital to open space for COVID-19 care – .

Alberta Health Services tweeted on Sunday that they were transferring “up to nine patients” from QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie to nearby health centers because too many COVID-19 patients need acute care and intensive care spaces.

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“When it is safe and appropriate to do so, AHS will endeavor to transfer these patients to QEII,” AHS tweeted.

“Acute care patients at QEII continue to receive the care they need. “

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The emergency department is always open, but non-urgent cases could be referred to other communities.
AHS said the hospital remains a safe place to receive care, insisting that any patient with symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated and treated.

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Grande Prairie County and City are in the top 11 regions in the province for the highest active case rates.

There are 427 active cases in the city and 185 more in the county, according to data from Alberta Health.

In the city, 59.5% of eligible people aged 12 and older were immunized with at least one dose of the vaccine. In the county, that number is 58.5 percent.

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Braden Manns, AHS deputy chief medical officer, said on Friday: “I am afraid that now with 79 people in the intensive care unit in Alberta and more than 250 people outside the unit in Alberta. Alberta Intensive Care Unit, we will begin to see the need for increased service disruptions over the coming weeks.

AHS said it was grateful for the support during this time, adding that “patient safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we only make these decisions when absolutely necessary”.

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Global News has contacted AHS for further comment, but has not received a response.

– With files from Breanna Karstens-Smith

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