Cape Breton Regional Municipality Health Care Redevelopment Project: Dr. Blair Williams wants ‘to be part of the solution’

Dr. Blair Williams
Dr. Blair Williams (contributed)

Physician and co-leads representing various clinical areas and communities are involved in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) health care redevelopment project.

As an ENT (ears, nose, throat) specialist, as well as a head and neck cancer surgeon, Dr. Blair Williams is the physician lead representing surgical services. He mostly practices at the Northside General and Cape Breton Regional hospitals. We recently spoke to him about the CBRM health care redevelopment project. 

Why did you want to be involved in the redevelopment project? 

Following the June 2018 announcement, I approached NSHA zone leadership and asked if I could join the planning committee. I want to be part of the solution. I see this project as an opportunity to be part of future planning and shape the facilities I plan on practising in for the next 25 to 30 years. 

What do you think of the overall plan? 

I’m optimistic and encouraged. The initial plans have changed since the original announcement, based on feedback from physicians and staff through functional programming. For example, we are seeing more long-term care beds for North Sydney and New Waterford, and a new build at the (Cape Breton) Regional (Hospital) rather than a renovation.

What do think this means for patients and the community? 

As a cancer surgeon, the expansion and enhancements to cancer care will impact my patients the most. Having a beautiful, new facility that’s already run by incredible staff will have a very positive impact on cancer patients.

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