Patients at Stanton Territorial Hospital will be moved into the new hospital building May 26th.

Responding to questions from MLA for Frame Lake Kevin O’Reilly in the Legislative Assembly Wednesday, Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy says planning for the move has been ongoing since 2016. A contractor, Healthcare Relocations Inc., has been brought on to guide the transition.

“The final move plan will be developed in such incredible detail and minute detail that the movement of patients will be scheduled down to the minute, with minimal impact on patients,” Abernethy says. “All necessary infrastructure, equipment, furniture, and systems in the new hospital will be in place and tested long before that date to ensure that we have a smooth transition.”

Abernethy says some programs will be moved temporarily, as renovations are being done to the original hospital building. This includes outpatient rehabilitation at at the Centre Square Mall tower, extended care in the new building and speech and audiology at the Stanton Medical Centre.

Eventually, some services will be located in the original hospital building which opened in 1988. “The extended care will be there. Long-term care will be there, and there will be a number of other services, including some of the rehab services, the primary care clinics, and other things. Those are going to be in the old Stanton,” Abernethy says.

Abernethy says information about the move will be kept up-to-date on the health department’s website.