Premier reassures northerners over medevac services

Premier Alison Redford is reassuriing northern Alberta residents that air ambulance service will not deteriorate when Medevac services are moved to Edmonton International Airport from the City Centre airport next week.

Air ambulance service to move to Edmonton International Airport next week

Premier Alison Redford is reassuriing northern Alberta residents that air ambulance service will not deteriorate when Medevac services are moved to the Edmonton International Airport from the City Centre airport next week. 

The patient-care area onsite, an in-door patient transfer  facility, a dedicated ambulance fleet, and protocols that state the most urgent patients will be flown to hospital by STARS helicopter will meet the needs of northern communities, Redford says.

A review by the Health Quality Council of Alberta into the transfer has resulted in a facility "dramatically improved over what was available at Edmonton City Centre," she said.

"If we find that after a few months, we need to alter the system ... we'll do that," she said in a video message posted on her website.

Doctors from northern Alberta are calling on the province to delay moving air ambulance flights out of City Centre Airport until a better solution can be found.

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The premier also confirmed all government planes will start flying out of the international airport next Friday.