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---Pitt says in an ideal world, Airdrie would get a new facility with upgraded 24-hour emergency care. "The concern with the 24-hour announcement … is that this will become a 24-hour waiting room," Pitt said.-----------“We’ve listened to the community about their healthcare needs and have come up with a solution that meets these needs,” said Sarah Hoffman, minister of health.---------------

Social media works folks; this is why the folks at Airdrie now have increased access to medical care of a non-urgent kind. It's still not perfect. But it is an interesting lesson to all concerned in government and at the health authorities--that they can no longer control the message. What was the message? Why the heck hasn't a community of this size got an acute care hospital? It's frankly mind boggling with the number of babies being born in this city.
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http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/airdrie-urgent-care-set-to-open-24-hours-a-day

Airdrie Urgent Care set to open 24 hours a day

Published on: March 27, 2017 | Last Updated: March 27, 2017 6:38 PM MDT
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman announces that Airdrie's Urgent Care Facility will be open 24-hours a day, starting in early 2017, at a press conference held at the centre on Wednesday September 14, 2016 in Airdrie, Alta. Chelsea Grainger/Airdrie Echo/Postmedia Network
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman announces that Airdrie's Urgent Care Facility will be open 24-hours a day, starting in early 2017, at a press conference held at the centre on Wednesday September 14, 2016 in Airdrie, Alta. Chelsea Grainger/Airdrie Echo/Postmedia NetworkCHELSEA GRAINGER / CHELSEA GRAINGER/AIRDRIE ECHO
Broken bones and a runny nose will soon be treated 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Airdrie Urgent Care.
Starting April 3, the urgent care centre will be open 24/7 to treating non-life-threatening health concerns like sprains, cuts and infections. Life-threatening conditions will continue to be treated at Calgary and area emergency rooms.

“The citizens of Airdrie and area will now have access to 24/7 urgent care. It’s a testament to how we can make life better for Albertans when we work together, so I thank everyone who has helped make this a reality for Airdrie.”
Airdrie Urgent Care accepts walk-ins and patients can also be transported to the centre by ambulance. The urgent care centre is currently open between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. and AHS said the new hours will improve access to health services in Airdrie and surrounding communities.
“This is exciting for us and for everyone who had a hand in bringing 24-hour healthcare services to this community,” says Dr. Ted Braun, AHS Vice President and Medical Director, Central and Southern Alberta. “This is a true example of the great work that’s possible when we work together with the people in the communities we serve.”

More than 30,500 patients were seen at Airdrie Urgent Care between 2015 and 2016, an eight per cent increase from 2010. Last year, Alberta Health Services increased the number of urgent care treatment spaces from nine to 13 to keep up with the growing demand.


Julie Ali ·
While this health centre does not meet the needs of a burgeoning community in Airdrie, this is a first step by a government that took two years to get going.
Hopefully this first step will result in an acute care hospital in the community which is what is actually required.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/airdrie-health-centre-24-hours-1.3760967

Airdrie health centre to be open 24 hours a day

'Good first step towards addressing the health care needs for the people of Airdrie,' says opposition MLA

By David Bell, CBC News Posted: Sep 13, 2016 8:10 PM MT Last Updated: Sep 13, 2016 8:10 PM MT
The Airdrie Community Health Centre will be open 24 hours a day starting early next year, an improvement over its current hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Airdrie Community Health Centre will be open 24 hours a day starting early next year, an improvement over its current hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Google Maps)
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The Airdrie Community Health Centre will soon be open all the time, 24/7, after many years of lobbying by residents of the 60,000 bedroom community, CBC News has learned.
Angela Pitt, the Wildrose MLA for Airdrie, says it's a step in the right direction.
"It's a good first step towards addressing the health care needs for the people of Airdrie," Pitt told CBC News Tuesday evening.
"However, I look forward to continue to work with this government to actually address the needs here and be able to adequately take care of the people."
MLA Angela Pitt
'It's a good first step towards addressing the health care needs for the people of Airdrie,' Angela Pitt told CBC News Tuesday evening. (CBC)
Currently the facility is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Outside of those hours resident have to travel to the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary.
Pitt says in an ideal world, Airdrie would get a new facility with upgraded 24-hour emergency care.
"The concern with the 24-hour announcement … is that this will become a 24-hour waiting room," Pitt said.

'Very positive'

"The facility itself does not meet the needs of the community, however we are very positive with the direction that has been taken thus far and very positive about where we are going to be going with this."
The government issued a news release Tuesday afternoon stating the health minister would "speak about the ongoing work to improve Airdrie's health care," on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Airdrie is about 15 kilometres north of Calgary.



The hard work of the citizens of Airdrie and their MLA have paid off in increasing access to required medical services in their community. As the MLA indicates, this still does not meet the needs of the community which is fairly large and should get an acute care hospital. I don't know why having a health centre open 24 hours a day eliminates the need for an acute care hospital but this is a beginning.

The Airdrie Community Health Centre will soon be open all the time, 24/7, after many years of lobbying by residents of the 60,000 bedroom community, CBC News has learned.
CBC.CA


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