04/23/2013 11:04 EDT | Updated 06/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Changes could be coming for how sick children handled in Regina hospitals

REGINA - There could be changes to how sick children are cared for in Regina hospitals.

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is contemplating closing a section of Pasqua Hospital that offers in-patient pediatric services and moving it to Regina General Hospital.

On average over the last year, there have only been about three children in that unit at any given one time.

Health region CEO Keith Dewar says that's a small number given the need to maintain on-call coverage.

He says it's possible the current pediatric intensive care unit could be transitioned to a high acuity unit at Regina General.

He says that would take care of children who wouldn't need the services of an intensive care unit but would require a higher level of monitoring and treatment.

Dewar says for those children critically ill in intensive care units, there’s also a possibility of moving them to other centres, mostly to Saskatoon.

“Given our limited number of physicians that do pediatric intensive care, as well as the sub-specialists that go with it that we don’t have, there may be a further set of children that might benefit from being transferred out," he says.

No final decisions have been made yet and Dewar says the health region will gather feedback and input from interested parties over the next several months.