Construction work to upgrade the heliport at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert began this morning.
The upgrade is to ensure the Victoria Hospital Heliport meets Transport Canada’s standards for heliport certification. It will also improve safety for the flight crew, staff and public in the area around the heliport.
Upgrades to the heliport will include adding safety features, such as fencing and markings/lighting for a safe flight path. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) consulted with the City of Prince Albert and STARS regarding the upgrades.
During the temporary closure for the construction and certification period, patients requiring transportation by STARS will be transported by ground ambulance from the hospital to the Prince Albert Airport, a distance of approximately 10 kilometres. The patient will receive a bill from the ground ambulance provider for the transport. The cost will be in addition to any bill for air medevac transport sent by the Ministry of Health.
The construction and certification process is expected to take several weeks.
The SHA will work to minimize traffic disruptions for hospital and emergency room visitors during this construction period. If a traffic or parking detour is required, signs will be posted to assist the public.