I am saddened to write to you to address the senseless, violent assault that occurred yesterday at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic in Red Deer, which resulted in the death of one of our colleagues, Dr. Walter Reynolds.
Hearing about the loss of an Alberta physician under such shocking circumstances is devastating. It’s difficult to understand how or why such a tragedy could occur, especially in a care space and to someone who dedicated their life to helping others. The physician and patient community in Red Deer is undoubtedly struggling right now and in need of our support.
On behalf of CPSA, I would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Dr. Reynolds’ family, friends and colleagues, as well as to the patients who were present at the clinic as this tragic event unfolded. I know the entire medical community is keeping those who were closest to Dr. Reynolds in their thoughts.
I understand some of you might be uneasy given the circumstances of what occurred, but to echo what the Red Deer RCMP said, this is an extremely rare and uncommon occurrence. However, if you have any reason to feel unsafe in your place of practice, I recommend reaching out to your local law enforcement for assistance.
If you are struggling, grieving or in need of support, please consider reaching out to the AMA’s Physician and Family Support Program. They are available 24/7 to physicians and their immediate families to provide assistance and resources.
As we navigate the days ahead and learn more about the events that transpired, I encourage you to take time to grieve, take time to process what you’re feeling, and take time to come to terms with those emotions-and seek help and support if needed.
Please take care of yourselves and look out for each other.
Dr. Scott McLeod
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