Safe acute patient care must be a priority for the Alberta Government. Read more about what is at risk at the Royal Alexandra Hospital due to ageing infrastructure.
84% of the 502 inpatient rooms in the Royal Alex main treatment centre are four bed units. Often a fifth bed is needed during very busy times. These rooms compromise patient dignity, patient safety and patient privacy.
Aged-out infrastructure no longer meets the basic requirements to provide acute care for patients --many of whom are very ill. Imagine sharing a room with four or five other people -- of mixed genders.
Imagine the confined space. If you were a patient in this situation, think about how such a confined space would negatively impact:
How is it possible for you to have a private conversation with your doctor, your spiritual care provider, or a member of your family in a situation like this?
How is it possible to preserve your dignity when your share one bathroom with other patients -- or if you require a commode.
Healthcare teams at the Royal Alexandra Hospital work incredibly hard -- and the ongoing vigilance and workarounds to keep you and others safe from the spread of infection are even more challenging when up to five very sick people share one common space. Beds can be less than three feet apart.
Lend your voice by contacting the Minister of Health and your Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Alberta and share with them your support for the rebuild of the Royal Alex. Click here to download a PDF statement to attach to your email to the Minister.
Find your MLA's contact information here. If sending an email use this downloadable PDF as an attachment.
There has been a lot of conversation shared in the media lately about the need to rebuild the Royal Alex. Click here to read the highlights and a message from our President and CEO, Andrew Otway.