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What you need to know about the new Selkirk Regional Health Centre

On Sunday, June 25, Selkirk and District General Hospital patients moved into their new beds in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre. Many of the processes and procedures in place at the former hospital will be carried over into the new facility; however, there are a few areas where you can expect change:

-         The main entrance doors are open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days per week. Day procedures, outpatient visits, diagnostic tests, and visitors are to use these doors during open hours. After 10 p.m., all patients and visitors must report to the emergency department entrance at the northeast side of the building. Obstetrical patients are to report to the emergency department at all times.

-        The new emergency department allows for improved patient privacy and increased patient flow into the main treatment area. After triage, patients waiting to see a doctor will be streamed into an internal waiting room away from the public Emergency Entrance. A decentralized design seperates the central nursing desk into four patient care stations to bring a patient closer to their doctor and direct care nurse’s work area; improving safety and communication.

-         The new grounds feature 332 parking stalls for staff, on-call staff and visitors in a well-lit, fully paved parking lot. Visitor parking is conveniently located just in front of the main entrance. Provincial health care funding is invested in direct delivery of health care services and not subsidiary costs such as parking lot maintenance. To offset the cost of parking lot maintenance such as snow removal, surveillance, concrete cleaning and repairs minimal parking fees are in place for visitor parking. Fees are $1.00 per hour during the daytime with a $6.00 daily maximum (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and $2.00 evening flat rate (6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.). The new facility has a drop off and pick up zone for patients at the front entrance, is on a bus route, features bike racks and is connected to a community walking trail system that makes it very accessible for all.

-         A separate parking lot located near the emergency department doors provides 30 minute free parking for family and friends who are assisting patients into the emergency department. Those who use this parking lot need to move their vehicle into visitor parking once the patient has made it safely into the hospital.

-         The new facility has a spiritual health centre so patients can honour their faith tradition.This area has  ventilation to accommodate smudging. The room is equipped with MBTelehealth so patients and families from across the region can participate in the ceremony.

-         Signage throughout the facility makes it relatively easy for patients and visitors to find their way throughout the hospital with open space and architectural features like a large staircase and central atrium to help with orientation. A receptionist is present at the main entrance and can help patients and visitors find their way.

-         The audiology program will remain at 100 Easton Drive (the former Selkirk & District General Hospital.)
Other program and department changes are being communicated directly to patients.
The new health centre offers more specialized acute and out-patient services to Interlake-Eastern RHA residents. It will provide the region’s first MRI, a family birthing unit, outpatient centre and improved/expanded facilities for emergency department, surgery, dialysis and chemotherapy.

The new health centre is located at 120 Easton Drive between the current hospital and the Selkirk Recreation Complex. To view videos and facts on the health centre, visit www.ierha.ca, select “Care in Your Hospital” and click on “New Regional Health Centre in Selkirk”.

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