Update: Monday, March 4, 2019 at 10:30 am
Normal operations at the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility have resumed as of 10:00am on Monday, March 4, 2019. This follows several weeks of the facility’s closure due to a water line break that resulted in the temporary relocation of 25 long-term care residents.
We thank our staff and physicians for being flexible with this situation and for continuing to provide high-quality care for patients and residents during this time. We also extend our appreciation to community members for your patience during this unexpected temporary disruption of services.
Update: Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Leader Health Facility to Re-Open Monday, March 4
The Leader and District Healthcare facility will reopen on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. to all services, including the hospital, emergency care services and long-term care.
Primary health care clinic services, including physician, nurse practitioner, lab and x-ray services will also resume on Monday, March 4. To book an appointment at the clinic, please dial 306-628-5510.
In the interim, ambulance services remain available in Leader. In an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Thank you for your patience while the facility underwent repairs.
Update, Wednesday February 27, 2019 at 2:18 pm
Repairs to the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility are now complete. Unfortunately, air quality tests have not yet confirmed the facility is safe to reoccupy and further testing is being done before staff and residents can return. Results are now expected in early March.
Regular communication with residents and their families indicate that all residents impacted are safe, healthy and well-cared for. We appreciate that residents are also feeling homesick and we are committed to ensuring their safe return as soon as possible.
Primary Health Care services continue at neighbouring communities this week and will be evaluated at week’s end. Ambulance services continue to be available in Leader. Residents are reminded that in an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority wishes to thank all residents and their families, staff, physicians and the community of Leader and surrounding area for their continued patience and understanding.
Update, Friday, February 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm
Do you need health care services this week? Primary health care services are available in nearby communities while the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility remains closed. Here are complete details on services available for the week of February 25 to March 1.
Appointments are being accepted at the following locations:
Eatonia Primary Healthcare Clinic (Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Lab)
205 – 2nd Avenue West
Dr. Hanna and Mikki Miller (Nurse Practitioner) will provide services
Maple Creek (Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Lab, X-Ray)
102 – 5th Avenue West
Dr. Mudingayi , Dr. Naidoo, Erin Roberts (Nurse Practitioner) and Locum Physician will provide services
Cabri (Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Lab, X-Ray)
515 – 1st Street North
Dr. Kalala, Dr. Gaid, Sherry Hornung (Nurse Practitioner) will provide services
AMBULANCE SERVICES REMAIN AVAILABLE IN LEADER. IN AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911.
Update, Friday, February 22, 2019 at 9:30 am
Repairs to the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility are nearing completion and the Saskatchewan Health Authority is on track to reopen the facility to all services by the end of February.
Since the water line break on February 7, numerous repairs to the building have taken place, including adding additional insulation to the affected area, water line repair and testing, removal and replacement of damaged drywall, electrical panels have been replaced and the area has been thoroughly cleaned. This week air quality tests were also conducted in order to confirm that it is safe to reoccupy the building. Those test results are expected in the next few days. We will communicate any further updates as soon as they are available.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority wishes to thank all residents and their families, staff, physicians and the community of Leader for their patience and understanding while these repairs take place.
Update: Thursday, February 14, 2019: 11:00am
We’d like to thank our residents, patients, families and staff who have been helping us through the disruption at The Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility and for all their efforts and understanding. At this time, all of our residents and patients are safely receiving care temporarily in other facilities close to home or in the homes of their families. We continue to check on residents who have relocated to their families’ homes.
We expect residents will be able to return to the facility toward the end of the month, depending on clean up progress, once we are certain the location can be safely reoccupied and no further disruptions are expected.
We remind you that if you are requiring primary health care services, we have services available in nearby communities such as Eatonia, Maple Creek and Cabri, while The Leader facility remains closed.
Ambulance services are available in Leader. In an emergency, please call 911.
Further to the information provided earlier, we have additional details on the status of the building and the cause of the flooding. Based on our investigation, we believe the cause of the flooding was a sprinkler line break, due to lack of sufficient insulation to protect from the extremely cold temperatures. The break occurred in a ceiling bulkhead in the LTC building causing water to enter the hallway linking the long term care side of the building and the acute care side. The extent of the damages included drywall, base coves, flooring, electrical panels, fire sprinkler system, and some other components in the impacted space.
Update: February 8 – 3:30pm
Further to the information provided earlier today regarding the water line break at the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility, we have been able to again speak with all families impacted and have worked with them to determine short-term accommodations for all residents involved.
This means the residents will be moving to a long-term care facility closer to home. These moves are expected to take place tonight and will ensure that the residents receive the most appropriate care. At this time the facility is expected to stay closed for several days.
Date: February 8 -12:30pm
Please be advised that due to a water line break at the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility, all long term care residents have been transferred to The Cypress Regional Hospital and The Meadows long term care facility in Swift Current until further notice.
Until further notice emergency outpatient and acute care services will not be available in Leader. Primary Health Care Services are also impacted and those affected have been contacted directly.
The decision to evacuate was made to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. Flooding in areas of the facility has resulted in the loss of power.
Families impacted by this disruption have been contacted directly. More information will be shared as it becomes available.