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Maintaining and renewing our infrastructure

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The QEII Redevelopment Project is the plan to move care and services from the Victoria and Centennial buildings of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax and, eventually, demolish those two buildings. However, the project is much more than replacing aging infrastructure. It’s also about planning for the future of care delivery in Nova Scotia to ensure we’re meeting patients’ needs now and 30 years from now. Highlights from 2016-17 include:

QEII Health Sciences Centre

Nova Scotia Health Authority and our partners at the provincial government's Departments of Health and Wellness and Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, officially launched the project in April 2016.

In late 2016, Kasian Architecture was awarded the contract for master planning. This work will inform a plan that will provide direction to move services from Victoria and Centennial buildings while ensuring we consider the needs of Nova Scotians today and in the future.

A call for detailed design services was issued to move two interventional suites - rooms where procedures are completed using various imaging tools - from the fifth floor to the third floor of the Halifax Infirmary building, and add in their place two new operating rooms, including one hybrid suite. A hybrid suite is a surgical theatre that is equipped with advanced medical imaging devices such as CT scanners or MRI. This will be the first hybrid suite in Atlantic Canada.

A new building at the Halifax Infirmary site will feature inpatient beds, critical care beds, operating rooms and other complex services relocated from the VG site.

The QEII Health Sciences Outpatient Centre will be built on the grounds of the Infirmary site providing tertiary services for Atlantic Canada while continuing to provide services to the community of Halifax peninsula. The Dickson building will become Nova Scotia’s Cancer Care Centre; consolidating all outpatient cancer services.

QEII Community Outpatient Centre

This new building located outside the downtown core, will host some outpatient services to provide care closer to home for Nova Scotians. Examples of services that will be provided at this location include x-ray, blood collection, medical and surgical outpatient visits and physiotherapy. A final list of services will be available in the upcoming months.

Dartmouth General Hospital

Renovations on two of four inpatient units were completed this year, as was most of the detailed design work required for an expansion.

When construction and renovations are complete, the hospital will have an additional 48 new inpatient beds and eight new operating rooms, expanded diagnostic imaging and pharmacy outpatient services, as well as an additional six dialysis stations.

Hants Community Hospital

Renovations at this site will open the second operating room and upgrade the operating room currently in use, facilitating approximately 800 additional day surgeries at the hospital. This fiscal year saw the end of the design stage for the operating rooms, as well as the initial preparations for construction-ready drawings and tenders for work beginning in summer 2017.


A plan for a new residential hospice was released in early fiscal 2016-17 enabling planning for decant from the VG site and enhancing end-of-life care.

For the latest on the QEII Redevelopment Project visit: QE2redevelopment.ca

If you have any questions, e-mail: QE2DGHRedevelopment@nshealth.ca

Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre

The Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre opened as a new addition to the Guysborough Memorial Hospital on June 25, 2016. The addition is named for Dr. Foley, a long-serving physician in the community. It provides much-needed clinical space for local and visiting physicians, and service providers. At the official opening of the centre, President and CEO Janet Knox thanked the community for its support of the collaborative care centre and noted that with the new centre, “community members can receive the right level of care at the right time and have access to a mix of the right health care providers and collaborative teams."