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At the April 24 Council meeting, Red Deer County granted $35,000 in funding to the Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Committee for the purchase of some very important medical equipment.After years of work, a group of Sylvan Lake and area citizens and elected officials were successful in lobbying Alberta Health Services for an enhanced health care facility in the Town of Sylvan Lake. In January 2017, the provincial government announced that the Town would be receiving an Advanced Ambulatory Care Service (AACS) facility to be located in the Sylvan Lake Community Health Clinic.The facility is planning to be open for patients on Monday, June 4, with the grand opening tentatively scheduled for mid June. The bulk of the funds will be used to purchase a Physiological Monitor with Micro Stream Capnography – used for continuous Cardiac, Blood Pressure, End Tidal C02 Monitoring Capability for patients with cardiac / respiratory conditions awaiting EMS transfer.Mayor Jim Wood commented, “I know this group has been working extremely hard for years to make this a reality. I am so happy to see their efforts have paid off, and this facility is almost open. These funds will no doubt be used in a way that saves lives. I cannot think of a more important request.”- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - What is Advanced Ambulatory Care Service?Advanced Ambulatory Care Service diagnoses and treats urgent, but non-life-threatening, injuries and illnesses. These include sudden illness or injury that normally could be cared for in a doctor's office but require immediate attention. X-ray and laboratory services are also available.Advanced Ambulatory Care Service provides a level of service different than a hospital emergency department. It offers patients the appropriate medical care they need closer to home and helps avoid unnecessary trips to emergency departments.Open June 4, 2018Location: 4602 49 Avenue, Sylvan LakeOpen Daily: 7:30 AM to 10:00 PMPhone: 403.887.2241When to use it:- earaches and removal of foriegn bodies (e.g. from the eye)- minor cuts or burns- injuries such as bone fractures, muscle and joint strains and sprains- fever in young childrenFor life-threatening emergencies call 9-1-1 immediately.For other health advice, call 8-1-1 Health Link.