The big move is done! Pediatric, newborn, emergency and maternal services in Saskatoon are now being offered out of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital instead of Royal University Hospital (RUH), as of September 29, 2019.
The move has left large empty spaces – approximately 115,000 square feet – within RUH. And the big question is – what’s going to happen to that vacated space?
Two space allocations have already been made. First, the temporary Mental Health Assessment Unit at RUH will become a permanent Mental Health Short Stay Unit, thanks to $1.5 million that was announced in the Government of Saskatchewan’s 2019-20 Provincial Budget. The seven-bed unit will provide individuals with acute mental health care needs a place to stay for up to seven days.
Second, a portion of the vacated space will house a new 36-bed acute care unit for inpatients admitted through Emergency. In August, funding for this unit was announced by the Ministry of Health: $2.6 million in 2019-20, with annual funding of almost $8 million in subsequent years. While this unit is being set up, a 22-bed admission transition area will allow admitted patients to be transferred out of Emergency while they wait for an appropriate inpatient bed to be vacated. A total of $500,000 in funding from the Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) will purchase technology, beds and equipment for these areas.
A portion of the vacated space at Royal University Hospital will become a new 36-bed acute care unit for patients admitted through Emergency.
There are currently no plans in place for the rest of the space. Future decisions will be part of updates to the master plan for RUH.
“We’ve been developing an approach to assess future health services needs and prioritize demands for this space in anticipation of the move into JPCH,” said Andrew Will, Vice President of Infrastructure, Information and Support for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). “The SHA is working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health to update the RUH master plan, which will support the evolution of RUH into the future.”