The Saskatchewan Health Authority is proud to announce that tours of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB) will be available for the public during the two-week period of October 22-26 and October 29-November 2, 2018. Advance sign-up for the tours is required by calling 306-440-4100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public will have the opportunity to tour inside the new 284-bed provincial psychiatric facility prior to patients and staff moving in in mid-November. Each indoor walking tour will feature highlights of the new hospital including patient accommodations, specialized therapy areas, education and business centres, cafeteria and courtyard areas, the gymnasium and multi-use space, health care clinic and more.
Tour start times are Mondays through Fridays during the two weeks. Tours begin at 15 minute intervals. Each tour will be maximum one hour in duration:
“We are excited to showcase to the public this innovative multi-partnership project between the Saskatchewan Health Authority, SaskBuilds, the Ministries of Health, Corrections and Policing, and Central Services, and Access Prairies Partnership. The facility’s design incorporates input from all of the partners, including the patients and staff of Saskatchewan Hospital,” said Derek Miller, Executive Director of Infrastructure Management with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and health system lead for the project over the past three years of construction.
The new Saskatchewan Hospital replaces the current 156-bed facility, with a total of 188-beds – an increase of 32. A further 96-bed secure wing will provide mental health services for male and female offenders with serious mental health issues.
The existing Saskatchewan Hospital has served mental health patients for the past 105 years. Its replacement is part of government’s commitment to improve mental health services for Saskatchewan people. The provincial government has invested $407 million in this publicly-owned and operated facility. The total cost includes design, construction, finance, rehabilitation, and more than 30 years of maintenance to ensure it remains in like-new condition.