Bow Is­land Health Cen­tre leav­ing doors open un­til 8:30 p.m., along with staff mem­ber on look­out

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Prairies - BY GILLIAN SLADE— South­ern Al­berta News­pa­pers

Changes are be­ing made at Bow Is­land Health Cen­tre re­gard­ing lock­ing the en­trance doors af­ter 5 p.m.

Re­cently, a mem­ber of staff has been sit­ting at the front desk af­ter 5 p.m. to open the locked doors with­out peo­ple hav­ing to ring a buzzer and wait for some­one to come to the door to let them in, said Sylvia Strom, Bow Is­land res­i­dent.

The hospi­tal doors are now also un­locked un­til later in the even­ing.

“The hospi­tal doors have been open again un­til 8:30 p.m.,” said Mar­jorie Mon­crieff of Bow Is­land.

The de­ci­sion to lock the doors af­ter 5 p.m. was re­vealed in the News in early Au­gust and was raised at a re­cent Pal­liser Tri­an­gle Health Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil meet­ing. Some­one had re­port­edly ar­rived at the hospi­tal with a loved one in an emer­gency and could not open the door.

Mon­crieff raised the is­sue again of there be­ing no pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­fore the change was made. She pointed out that con­sul­ta­tion in a city may not be war­ranted but felt that in a small com­mu­nity it is.

Al­berta Health Ser­vices de­clined to pro­vide a state­ment Fri­day about the changes.

AHS did say there is more news com­ing about Bow Is­land within weeks.

In the in­terim, ad­di­tional in­ter­nal se­cu­rity doors are be­ing in­stalled to en­hance se­cu­rity within the emer­gency depart­ment. The cost of those doors, up­dat­ing sprin­klers and re­lo­cat­ing cam­eras is ap­prox­i­mately $75,000, an AHS spokesper­son said re­cently.

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