The first steps are underway for the shovels to get into the ground for the new hospital in Weyburn. Crews from Wright Construction, the company contracted by the provincial government for the project, will be starting to prepare the location on 5th Avenue in the coming weeks 

The preliminary work will include bringing in the work trailers, as well as supplies, equipment and tools. The topsoil of the location will also be removed.  

"I am very pleased to see we are close to the start of construction on the new Weyburn Hospital," Education Minister and Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan said in a written release issued Tuesday morning. "This new facility will centralize more services under one roof, which will be a valuable asset for Weyburn and communities in the surrounding area." 

"I am pleased to see this project moving forward into the construction phase," added Rural and Remote Health Minister Everett Hindley. "Weyburn and area residents have been patient as we moved through the process, and I look forward to seeing progress as the new hospital takes shape." 

The new hospital will include an EMS garage, as well as a heliport for patient transport. The hospital will have 25 acute-care beds, and a 10-bed mental health inpatient unit will be transferred from Tatagwa View to the new facility.  

The construction itself is scheduled to begin next month, and the expected date of completion for the new hospital is December 2025.