On Tuesday April 24th, I asked the Minister of Health about progress on a dedicated stroke unit in Winnipeg. My question and his answer are below.
Mr. Gerrard: One of the issues that has, I have raised many, many times, and members of his party raised when they were in opposition was the putting in place of a dedicated stroke unit. And I wonder if the minister could give an update on where we are on that.
Mr. Goertzen: So I had the opportunity to visit the Foothills hospital in Calgary in October as part of the Health minister meetings that were happening in that province at that time, and toured their stroke unit. I know they have two in–at least two in Alberta, but they provided me the opportunity to tour the stroke unit at Foothills in Calgary and it was certainly educational and reaffirmed the value of a stroke unit.
At this point, from my understanding is there's been a significant work done in terms of the desired location for a stroke unit. Clearly, the understanding is it would be located on the Health Sciences Centre campus as the primary trauma centre for the province. Officials within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority have identified–after looking at a number of different potential sites on the HSC campus, they've identified the current Women's Hospital is their desirable site for the location.