PUBLIC NOTICE: NTHSSA Service Level Update - Services return to pre-evacuation levels in Fort Smith, Yellowknife and Stanton Territorial Hospital

Public Notice

(Yellowknife, Fort Smith – September 29, 2023) The NTHSSA is advising residents that services at the Stanton Territorial Hospital, Yellowknife Region & Fort Smith have resumed and are back to normal capacity.

Stanton Territorial Hospital:                                                                                    

  • Completed the repatriation of patients and extended care residents.
  • Rebooking is ongoing for those who were impacted by the cancellations due to the evacuations.
  • Elective surgeries will resume on October 3rd, 2023.
  • Stanton Territorial Hospital Labour and Delivery Unit is now operational, and prenatal, postpartum and newborn services are available in Yellowknife. The Lois Hole pop-up Northwest Territories Prenatal Clinic in Edmonton (previously found through 780-735-6635) is now closed.
  • Services back to pre-evacuation levels.

Fort Smith:                                      

  • Long term care residents in the Northern Lights Special Care Home have been repatriated.
  • Please note that rebooking appointments is ongoing for those impacted by cancellations due to the evacuations.
  • Services back to pre-evacuation levels.


  • Services normally accessed by Kitikmeot residents in Yellowknife, primarily through Stanton Territorial Hospital, are now back to full services. Nunavut patient diversion ended on September 26th.

The NTHSSA would like to thank to our staff, healthcare partners in British Columbia & Alberta, and the public for their patience and cooperation during this time.

With services back to full capacity, no further post-evacuation service updates will be issued. As always, we encourage all residents to visit the Newsroom or our Facebook page for the latest NTHSSA updates.

Mental Health Services for Evacuees

If you or someone you know has been impacted by a wildfire, checking in with a mental health and counselling resource may be helpful.

The following supports are also available:

  • NWT Help Line: 1-800-661-0844
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 Or text CONNECT to 686868
  • Wellness Together Canada: Adults: 1-866-585-0445, Youth: 1-888-668-6810
  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566
  • Hope For Wellness: 1-855-242-3310
  • Family Violence Crisis line: 1-866-223-7775