Health Link Alberta adds 2 new services

The province's 24-our health advice and information line is adding two new services.

Drug specialists, registered dietitians now on call

The province's 24-hour health advice and information phone line is adding two new services.

Albertans can now call Health Link Alberta and talk to drug specialists and registered dietitians at the Poison and Drug Information Service about their medication and nutrition concerns.

These specialists will be able to respond to questions beyond the scope of the registered nurses normally staffing the line.

"These are both great additions to Health Link Alberta," said Lara Osterreicher, director of Health Link Alberta operations.

"Both medication management and nutrition can significantly impact our overall health. If we can give better access to information and advice in these areas, it will go a long way in improving the health of Albertans and building healthier communities."

To access the medication or nutrition services, Albertans should call Health Link Alberta as usual and speak to a registered nurse about their concerns. 

The nurse can then connect the caller to an information specialist or make the request to have a dietitian follow up.

More than 950,000 Albertans called Health Link Alberta last year and more than 10 million calls have been received since the service launched in 2000.

It's estimated about 350 Albertans avoid a trip to the emergency room every day because of advice received by Health Link Alberta.