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811 is the new number for Health Link (Video)
811 is the new number for Health Link (Video)

811 is the new number for Health Link (Video)

Getting medical help in Alberta is now only three-digits away with the launch of Health Link’s 811 calling system.

Alberta Health Services announced Monday a new, concise phone number for Health Link — its health information service.

To access the service, Alberta residents previously had to dial a 10-digit number in Calgary and Edmonton, or an 11-digit toll-free number elsewhere in the province.

The service gives callers “access to registered nurses and other health professionals,” said health minister Sarah Hoffman in a release. Health Link callers can receive immediate health information for both emergency and non-emergency health issues.

Health Services spokeswoman Tara Grindle confirmed there “was no cost incurred” for the switch.

The provincial health authority gave “telecom providers six months notice” of the switch; those providers worked the change into their networks, she said.

Agencies/Canadajournal

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