Hospital will be permanently closed and changes will be in place until new Southwest Integrated Health Facility opens in the fall
Maple Creek Hospital Closed
The Cypress Health Region has announced that the Maple Creek Hospital has been permanantly closed as a result of infrastructure problems.
The Health Region noted the facility was closed effective this afternoon because of ongoing problems caused by roofing issues and water leaks in the facility. They had been working for the past couple of weeks on the problems, but the decision was made today to close the Hospital.
The Health Region is now in the midst of transferring programs and services from the Hospital into other Maple Creek location, but many disrupted services are not expected to resume until next week.
The following services are currently unavailable: emergency outpatient services, lab/xray, inpatient admissions, home care, public health, community health, and therapies. In addition, some appointments at the Primary Health Care Clinic and community health-based programming have been post-poned.
The region is currently working on contingency plans for health services in the community. Current efforts have resulted in the following tentative plan:
Primary Health Care
The old Royal Bank building, at the corner of Maple Street and 1st Ave., is being modified to be the temporary home of Primary Health Care services. Health region staff are working hard to prepare this location to accommodate primary care services. It is anticipated that the Clinic will resume operations on Tues., May 13. Appointments can be made by calling 306-662-2829.
Emergency Outpatient Services/Lab/X-ray
The TransGas building, located at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Harder Street, will become the temporary location of outpatient emergency services, lab services, and limited diagnostic imaging services (via portable x-ray machine). It is anticipated that these services will become available during the middle of the week of May 12-16. Staff are also working at this location to prepare it to be the temporary home of these services.
Ambulance services have not been disrupted as a result of these contingency plans.
Public Health/Community Health/Therapies/Home Care
Public Health services, Community Health services, Therapy services, and Home Care will be stationed at the Cypress Lodge Nursing Home effective Mon., May 12.
As is always the case, if you are facing a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1 and an ambulance will be immediately dispatched to assist you. The nearest acute facility emergency outpatient services are located at Shaunavon, Leader, Swift Current, and Medicine Hat .
All updates will be posted on the health region website at www.cypresshealth.ca/maplecreekupdate.