Alberta Health Services (AHS) has reversed a decision made earlier in the week.

On Monday (Jan.17), it was announced laboratory and diagnostic imaging services at the Morinville Clinic would permanently close on Feb.1.

Low patient numbers, difficulty in recruiting staff, and lack of functioning X-ray equipment were cited as reasons for the closure.

Many residents and town officials expressed their concern about this decision, as they would have to go to St. Albert to get access to these services. A petition was started by Brittany Lake to stop the closure and got 4,515 signatures. 

Wednesday evening, AHS said because of the feedback from the community, they decided to maintain the clinic's services. There will be no disruption in services for local residents.

"This is excellent news for Morinville and the region! Thank you, minister Dale Nally, for your support in advocating for our community. I am glad that we could work together for a positive outcome. And thank you to all the residents for your determination in keeping our lab open!" said mayor Simon Boersma on social media.

General X-ray service is available in St. Albert at the MIC Summit Centre and the Sturgeon Community Hospital. Both facilities have been serving patients from Morinville since the local X-ray service was discontinued in February 2020.