Medicine Hat residents who have been dialing a toll-free number to access Alberta Health link will now be able to use a much simpler method. Alberta Health Services today introduced, 811, for Health Link, Alberta’s free, 24/7 health information and advice line. The NDP’s Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health said by changing Health Link’s number to 811, access to experienced, responsive health advice will be even easier. The change brings Alberta in line with Saskatchewan and British Columbia who already use 811 for the same purpose. Residents are still told that in the case of an emergency to contact 911 for urgent service.