Work is underway for an updated and expanded Mental Wellness Unit at Whitehorse General Hospital. This new unit is designed to address the evolving mental health needs of Yukon’s population and will increase the hospital’s capacity to deliver quality healthcare.
The unit, which is located above the Emergency Department, will include a total of 12 patient rooms (8 initially developed), 3 patient-seclusion rooms, common areas for dining and therapeutic activities, exercise space, outdoor courtyard, tub room, family meeting space, and First Nations healing room.
By design, we are creating a welcoming space with a non-institutional look and feel. Cultural considerations such as First Nation language for wayfinding and Indigenous imagery, aim to embrace and celebrate Indigenous cultures, offering a space that respects and acknowledges the importance of cultural diversity.
Impact on services during construction
August 9, 2023 – The Emergency Department entrance is closed. All patients and visitors can access all hospital services, including the Emergency Department, through the main hospital entrance. Please follow the new signage and red floor arrows to the Emergency Department or ask for assistance from one of our volunteers or Health Security Officers.