WORK ON NEW ELEVATOR FOR SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL BEGINS
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.