02 Aug Locations Announced for New Waterford and North Sydney Health Centres
Every day in our province, there are people working diligently behind the scenes, getting us ever closer to new, innovative, state-of-the-art health care facilities on Cape Breton Island. Today we’re excited to officially unveil designs and even more project details for the new community health centre, long-term care facility and laundry facility in North Sydney, new community health centre and long-term care facility in New Waterford, and a 10-bed hospice in Membertou.
We know that access to health care is a priority for Nova Scotians, and with these new, modern facilities we will be able to provide efficient, quality care for you and your loved ones, as well as use these facilities to recruit and retain doctors and health care workers. The steps we’re taking, and the investments we’re making, help ensure that these goals are achieved. We’re entering a new era in Cape Breton healthcare – read more on it below:
NEW WATERFORD COMMUNITY HUB – EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE
New Waterford will soon be home to an innovative community hub that includes a new school, community health centre and long-term care home.
These facilities will be built on the current Breton Education Centre site and share facilities and maintenance services. The soccer field and tennis courts next to the school will be moved to the current MacKinnon Field and MacKinnon Field will be moved to Colliery Lands Park.
The new community health centre will offer many of the same health services now provided at the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital. These include:
- X-rays and ultrasounds
- blood collection
- cardiac services
- counselling, community support teams, and wellness clinics
- space for after hours clinics, all existing family doctors to work as part of a collaborative team, continuing care staff to work on the same site and for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition to work in one location
Also included in the project are 12 new short stay-beds for patients who need observation but not in an acute care setting.
The new 60-bed long-term care home adds 36 new beds to the community. The community hub model will allow quicker access to health-care services for seniors in long-term care and gives residents the ability to participate in events at the school.
NORTH SYDNEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE AND LONG-TERM CARE HOME
Northside residents will soon have a new, modern, community health centre and a long-term care home that will include short stay beds to replace the aging Northside General Hospital. A new laundry centre will also be built.
The new facilities will be in the North Sydney Commercial Park, a central location that is easy to access. It will provide space for all family doctors in the community, as well as many existing and expanded services.
The new community health centre will offer many of the same health services now provided at the Northside General Hospital in the community. These include:
- X-rays, ultrasounds, fluoroscopy and breast screening
- blood collection
- cardiac services
- cancer screening
- chronic pain and chronic disease management
- counselling, community support teams and wellness clinics
- expanded endoscopy and dialysis service
- space for after-hours clinics, all existing family doctors to work as part of a collaborative team, continuing care staff to work on the same site and for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition to work in one location
Similar to the New Waterford community health centre, there are also 12 new short stay-beds for patients who need observation but not in an acute care setting, and a new 60-bed long-term care home will add 38 new beds to the community. It will be attached to the community health centre.
The new laundry centre will be a modern facility with modern equipment, with automated controls for loading and cart washing. It will also have the ability to process more linens/laundry and improve working conditions. The same skilled staff will continue to serve CBRM health care facilities.
HOSPICE CARE FOR CAPE BRETON
The creation of a new 10-bed hospice in Membertou will provide Cape Bretoners with end-of-life care closer to home. Government is providing approximately $1.75 million in annual operating costs.
The hospice residence will provide comfortable rooms in a home-like environment for people in the final stages of life who do not require the acute medical care provided in hospital. The 14,000 square foot residence will also support:
- inviting space for music and other therapies
- volunteer support
- clinician offices
- space for family cultural events
- shared dining space
- a serenity garden
- operational and administrative locations
End-of-life care is an important element of health care across the province. Work is being done to provide more terminally ill Nova Scotians with compassionate, supportive care, with the recent opening of Halifax Hospice this past April, and another currently under construction in Kentville.
NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, CANCER CENTRE, AND CRITICAL CARE UNITS AT THE REGIONAL IN CAPE BRETON
The Cape Breton Regional will also be expanded, with a new emergency department, cancer centre, and critical care units. Read more about that announcement here.
Cape Bretoners: your voice is being heard. We know that better healthcare for you and your family is at the forefront of your mind, as it should be. Through once-in-a-generation investments, our Liberal government is taking significant action to ensure that a more efficient, modernized healthcare system is no longer an expectation, but a reality for Cape Breton.
This revitalization starts with the building of these new health care centres and hospice.