312 – 3RD. St. East
Oyen, Alberta T0J 2J0
Phone: 403 664-4300
Fax: 403 664-4325
General Public 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
General Public 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Maternity Fathers 6:00– 12:00 a.m.
Grandparents, Siblings 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.
General Public 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Big Country Hospital has been serving the health needs of Oyen and the surrounding areas for many years. The facility has 10 acute care beds providing care to medical patients, pediatrics, low risk obstetrical patients, palliative care respite care as well as Rehabilitative Care. We have a 24/7 Emergency Department with access to high levels of care with ground ambulance and/or air services. The Out-Patient Department in conjunction with the Emergency provides minor surgical procedures, medical procedures and some nonemergent services are provided on an appointment basis. A physician is “on call” 24/7 for Emergencies.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
- Acute Care Beds – 10
- 24 hours Emergency
- Palliative Care/Respite Care
- Diabetic Education
- Dietary Counseling/Clinical Nutrition (in-patient/out-patient)
- Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray)
- Laboratory Services
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy Services two days per week
- Physical Therapy Assistance – 5 days per week
- Continuing Care Beds – 30
- Continuing Care Recreation Therapy Program
- Pastoral Care Program
- Continuing Care information available at office
AMBULANCE – EMS
The ambulance service in Oyen serves the town of Oyen as well as Acadia Valley, Bindloss, Buffalo, Cereal, Chinook, Empress, Esther, New Brigden, Sedalia, Sibbald, Special Areas and all rural areas responding to about 200 calls per year. The service has two of the newest units in Southeast Alberta. The ambulance staff also helps out at Oyen Big Country Hospital assisting with inpatients as well as outpatients. The service is very involved in the community, putting on such things as the teddy bear clinics for young children. We will do care seat inspections, and provide an ambulance for events in town such as rodeos and hockey games. We currently are a BLS services (Basic Life support) with access to ALS support but we are trying to recruit Paramedics so we can become an ALS service. Albert Health Services is interested in training community individuals who would like to be involved in EMS.
A new modern laboratory with excellent equipment offers on site analysis for a broad spectrum of tests. A number of large referral laboratories are utilized for many tests not available in Oyen. The lab is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays for routine outpatient services. Laboratory staff is on call for emergent services after hours and on weekends.
New diagnostic imaging equipment including a modernized PACS system is part of the refurbished digital Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Big Country Hospital. General radiography for routine outpatients is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Some specialized ultrasound services are available through our local physicians. Referral arrangements for other diagnostic imaging services can be made through the medical clinic. Staff is on call for emergent services after hours and on weekends.
The Clinical Dietitian offers individual guidance and coaching for all aspects of nutrition and associated diseases on an outpatient and inpatient basis. The dietitian also teaches the nutrition component of diabetes education to outpatients. The dietitian also works in continuing care to assess and monitor the ongoing nutrition status of the residents.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels are offered at reasonable cost on week days, by the Food Services Department to seniors, people convalescing from surgery and other medical conditions, or people who need moral and nutrition support for a time. These meals are delivered by volunteers in the community. Please call Community Health Home Care Services at 403-664-3651 or to the Food Services Supervisor at 403 664-4306.
We offer full physical therapy services including assessment and treatment with various modalities including laser treatment ultrasound, TENS, physical exercises and stretches, heat/cold and acupuncture. You do not need a physician’s referral to come to physiotherapy. You can contact us directly to book an appointment.
Our hours of operation:
Monday 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Physical Therapist is here on Tuesday and Thursday and the Assistant is here Monday through Thursday.
Continuing Care – Your family, Home Care Nurse, the Hospita and your Physician can make an application for admission on your behalf. After your application has been approved and a room is available, we ask you to make arrangements with the
Nursing Supervisor for a suitable time and date for admission.
If a room is not available, your name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted as soon as one becomes available. In the continuing care unit there are both private and semi-private rooms. The account information is managed at the front office on the acute care unit. A comfort fund can be set up for incidental purchases and hairdressing. Services provided are: personal care, medications, flu/pneumococcal vaccine, doctor’s visits, management of life threatening illness, family conference, recreation programs, tuck shop, meal service, pastoral care, television, telephones, hairdressing services and laundry service.
OYEN & DISTRICT HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION
The Health Foundation is committed to improving the quality o healthcare in the Oyen Big Country Hospital and through the local health programs by providing and updating equipment and necessary items unique to the needs of rural medicine. The Foundation is a volunteer organization representing the large area/district surrounding the Big Country Hospital. Each member is a direct liaison to the area/district they represent and they speak to the variances and diversity of area needs. I is a charitable organization engaged in fundraising to support the ever rising costs of medical equipment. Official tax receipts are issued for all donations. 100% of the funds raised by the Health Foundation remain in the community. None of the donations are used in administration or for fundraising expenses. Donor information remains confidential at all times. Further information and/or donations may be made to the above address.