Alberta Health Services has reversed a decision that families believed would have closed a Down syndrome clinic at the Stollery Children's Hospital.

AHS planned to stop funding a nurse coordinator who provided care and arranged treatment for 180 children in Edmonton and northern Alberta.

On Thursday, AHS released a statement saying the position will be maintained.

"Care provided at the clinic will not change, and we are committed to ensuring community supports continue," the statement said, adding: "AHS is sorry for the distress this has caused for the families."

Shelley Wywal, whose five-year-old daughter Elora has Down syndrome, said she was excited and relieved about the decision.

"But also a little bit cautious, because our level of trust that this clinic will carry on as it has has kinda been broken," she said.  

"We're concerned with what's going to happen with funding in the future and how as parents we can be assured that we don't need to be afraid."