Maintaining and renewing our infrastructure
Dartmouth General Hospital
In May 2017, Dartmouth General Hospital broke ground for its expansion and has made substantial progress with the exterior nearly complete. This new patient care space will house eight operating rooms, surgical recovery rooms, a new day surgery area, medical device reprocessing, outpatient care and endoscopy.
In early spring 2018, the hospital began the first steps in its interior redevelopment, which will result in a reconfigured main entrance and patient drop-off area. Construction and renovation work at Dartmouth General is anticipated to be complete in late 2021, and will allow the hospital to do nearly 3,500 more surgeries a year.
QEII Health Sciences Centre
Master planning continued throughout 2017-18 for the Halifax Infirmary and Victoria General sites of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. This intensive planning work for more than 40 clinical subspecialties included input from many clinical and non-clinical support groups. By winter 2018 planning was completed and draft documents underwent significant review by NSHA and Nova Scotia departments of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Health and Wellness. We expect to submit the master plan to the Government of Nova Scotia in mid-2018 for approval.
In April 2017, the location of the QEII Community Outpatient Centre was announced. This outpatient centre will be conveniently located in Bayers Lake for the hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotians who travel to the QEII Health Sciences Centre from outside Halifax for outpatient care. The services being planned for this facility include a variety of medical and surgical clinics, dialysis, blood and specimen collection, urgent care services, x-ray and ultrasound.
Hants Community Hospital
In 2017-18, the Hants Community Hospital started and completed a highly anticipated construction project. In summer 2017, the facility closed its operating room to allow for a complete renovation. During this time, contractors also renovated an unused operating room to bring it up to modern standards.
In February, staff, physicians, patients, members of the community and representatives of the Government of Nova Scotia celebrated the re-opening of Hants Community Hospital’s operating rooms. It marked the first time in nearly 30 years the facility had two functioning operating rooms. As a result, Hants Community Hospital will be able to perform an additional 800 surgeries every year.