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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 Au­gust 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. ̓ 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.

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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