Doug Currie, legislature

The collaborative emergency centre in Alberton is working, says Health Minister Doug Currie. (Province of P.E.I.)

P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie was up in the Legislature Thursday describing the new collaborative emergency centre at the Western Hospital in Alberton as a success, and provided numbers to back up his opinion.

The centre is operated during the late evening and overnight hours, staffed by an emergency room nurse, paramedics and with a doctor who can be reached by phone.

Before the centre opened Nov. 4, emergency often had to close because there weren't enough doctors to cover off the shifts. Currie said the new centre has also freed up family doctors to take more appointments during the day.

Since the centre opened

  • Patients seen at emergency centre: 309
  • Average: 2/night
  • Additional family doctor appointments: 796
  • Average: 5/day