New elevator at South Shore Regional Hospital will improve patient care, comfort

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The addition of a new elevator at South Shore Regional Hospital will improve care, comfort and privacy for patients.

Installation of the elevator is scheduled to begin Aug. 2 and is expected to take 10 months. 

“The addition of a third elevator is important to meet growing demand and to improve the flow of patients, staff and visitors through the building,” said Janet Baker, interim director of health services and site leader for South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater.

“It will allow us to designate one of the existing elevators for patient transfers within the hospital, which will improve patient care, comfort and privacy.”

The province announced funding for the elevator in April as part of a plan to enhance and modernize the almost 30-year-old hospital. Government is also funding the preliminary design phase for redevelopment of the emergency department and endoscopy unit, and the addition of a dialysis unit.

“This renovation will help improve how patients and staff move throughout the hospital,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Justice and MLA for Lunenburg West, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey.

“Combined with the design work currently underway for renovations to the emergency department, endoscopy unit, and the addition of a dialysis unit, we’re helping to ensure that patients at the South Shore Regional Hospital continue to receive the excellent care that staff work hard to provide every day.”

A new elevator shaft will be built on the exterior of the hospital, beginning on the basement level near the cafeteria. This means the patio and cafeteria entrance will be closed and off limits for the duration of the project for safety reasons. There will be some noise and disruption during construction. Please use caution and follow posted signs when visiting the hospital. 

Some programs and services will also be impacted. This includes the temporary relocation of the Cardiovascular Health Clinic and satellite Diabetes Education and Asthma Clinics, to the Bridgewater and Area Family Health Centre, effective July 24. Patients will be contacted directly.

“This is a great start to some big changes here at South Shore Regional and we’re excited about that,” said Baker. “We will do our best to minimize the impact on our patients and visitors and appreciate the public’s patience and understanding.”

South Shore Regional Hospital opened in 1988. The hospital has 85 inpatient beds for its intensive care, medical, mental health, obstetrics and surgical departments.

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