Much of 2017-18 was spent preparing for and constructing a new palliative care unit at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish; the unit opened in June 2018. The creation of the unit reflects NSHA’s commitment to person-and family-centred care. Having a designated palliative care unit enables family physicians and the palliative care team to provide a comprehensive palliative care service to patients and their families at a time when comfort and compassion are so important.
The new, six-bed palliative care unit provides physical, emotional and spiritual care with a focus on living fully in comfort and dignity. The unit incorporates space for families, including a family room and kitchen space, to better support patients’ loved ones.
The creation of the unit was made possible through strong community partnerships and generosity. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation committed $600,000 to fund capital costs, while St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary contributed $150,000 toward furnishings and equipment.
Through a caregiving team of family, friends, health care professionals and volunteers, the needs and choices of patients are sensitively met.
Aberdeen Emergency Department
The opening of the Aberdeen Hospital’s new Emergency Department in October 2017 marked the completion of the first phase of the hospital’s redevelopment project.
The capital project was cost-shared by the Government of Nova Scotia and the community. The community portion of $6.8 million was supported by a funding agreement with Pictou County’s six municipal units. The Aberdeen Health Foundation and the Aberdeen Hospital Auxiliary generously contributed to the purchase of new medical equipment and furnishings for the new department.
The new department was designed with input from physicians, nursing staff, other health care providers, as well as patients and families. The newly built space features improved layout and workflow for emergency staff and physicians. There are private rooms for every patient to ensure privacy, confidentiality, reduced noise levels, and enhanced infection control. Designated treatment zones include a rapid assessment zone, isolation facilities, family room, public washrooms and all-weather ambulance access.
Work is now underway on the construction of a new hospital pharmacy department in the space that previously housed the emergency department. This second and final phase of the project is expected to be finished this year.