New Emergency Department, Cancer Centre, and Critical Care units at the Regional in Cape Breton


A new 190,000 square foot building will be constructed behind the Cape Breton Regional Hospital as part of the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project. This new building will house a larger emergency department, expanded cancer centre, along with a relocation and expansion of the intensive care (ICU), coronary care (CCU), and intermediate care (IMCU) units.

There is no doubt there are challenges with health-care delivery in Cape Breton. Cape Bretoners are seeing and feeling those challenges firsthand. Every day.

The CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project is a once-in-a generation investment in the heath-care infrastructure Cape Bretoners need.

Here is what was recently announced at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital…

New Emergency Department

The new Cape Breton Regional Hospital emergency department, to be constructed behind the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, will double in size from 20,000 to 40,000 square feet.

Exam rooms will increase from 34 to 46, and patients will now have access to x-rays and ultrasound services without having to leave the department.

A larger ambulance bay and increased space will help reduce the time it takes to offload patients.

The current single nurse station will be expanded to 3 new stations.

New Cancer Centre

The new Cancer Centre will more than double in size from 25,000 square feet to 65,000 square feet and will expand from 15 clinical exam rooms to 23.

Chemotherapy Seats will be expanded from 11 to 22, and medical day unit space from four to eight. New audio-visual equipment will be installed to allow patients to virtually include their families and friends in their treatment.

The new Cancer Centre will be a comfortable and supportive space for patients and their families and will include counselling space for supportive care. This expansion will also allow for the addition of supports like education, nutrition, psychology and social work.

New clinical trail and research space will be added that will be state-of-the-art and will help attract researchers and clinicians to advance cancer care and improve outcomes for patients.

New Intensive Care (ICU), Coronary Care (CCU), and an Intermediate Care (IMCU) Units

The intensive care (ICU), coronary care (CCU), and intermediate care (IMCU) units will all be relocated into the new 190,000 square foot facility. Their current foot print of 12,500 square feet will expand to approximately 40,000 square feet, more than three times the size.

Critical care rooms associate with the ICU, CCU, and IMCU will expand from 24 to 36. The rooms will be larger and have more privacy for patients and space for families to sit comfortably at the bedside.

Pressure will be alleviated from the emergency department, as the new critical care rooms will be designed to allow for more efficient patient movement through this area. This will also improve the work environment for doctors and staff with the three special care units under one roof.

With these changes, our focus is to build a health-care model that will serve Cape Bretoners for the next 50 years. This will lead to a more modern system that will be attractive to doctors who are interested in beginning or enhancing their career in Nova Scotia. That starts with replacing the aging health-care infrastructure in the CBRM.

More questions about healthcare in Cape Breton? Check out these 8 things you need to know.

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