As part of the QEII Redevelopment Project, the Hants Community Hospital's unused second operating room will be renovated and the existing operating room will be upgraded. This will add about 800 surgeries a year, nearly double the amount of surgeries already being performed in town.
“Hants is an excellent ambulatory surgical centre, an ideal location for performing outpatient, general, and orthopedic surgeries, such as hernia repairs, knee and shoulder arthroscopy. With these renovations, it will update and modernize the existing OR and add one to the capacity,” said Dr. Alex Mitchell, the site's chief of surgery.
“Our patients speak very highly of their experience here and they are very grateful for the shortened wait that this pathway provides.”
In order to complete the $3.8 million renovations, the operating room section of the hospital will be closed for three months, starting in August.
“This will allow the construction work to be done in a more timely manner and at a lower cost than if we try to do the construction while trying to work in the zone at the same time,” said Mitchell. “It's simply not feasible, nor safe, to continue doing surgeries in that construction area during this period.”
Dr. Alex Mitchell, the chief of surgery at the Hants Community Hospital, told the crowd gathered for the unveiling of the plans to renovate the operating rooms that Windsor is “an ideal location for performing outpatient, general, and orthopedic surgeries.”
Hants West MLA Chuck Porter, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, and Janet Knox, the Nova Scotia Health Authority president and CEO, unveiled the plans for renovating and upgrading the Hants Community Hospital March 16.