Investing in IWK Emergency Department Expansion, Replacement MRI

During the 2017 election campaign, we committed to expanding the emergency department at the IWK. Today, your Liberal government delivered on that commitment and announced plans to double the size of the emergency department, as well as replace an aging MRI scanner.

We know children, youth and families from Nova Scotia receive excellent care at the IWK emergency department. This expansion will ensure a larger, more modern emergency department for patients, families, physicians and staff.

Over the last two years, there has been a 14 per cent increase in patient visits, with more than 33,000 visits to the emergency department last year. This expansion will help address this increase in patients being seen, as well as accommodate more complex cases.

Your Liberal government is investing $1.4 million in the design and development phase, which is expected to be completed by next summer. A request for proposals for design development will be issued in the new year, and construction is expected to begin during summer 2020. The government is also investing $6.9 million for the IWK to purchase a new MRI scanner and complete associated renovations. The new equipment will replace an existing, aging MRI scanner, and is expected to be in place by spring 2020.