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First phase of QEII Halifax Infirmary expansion begins

By Kelli Rickard Mar 27, 2024 | 11:57 AM

The largest healthcare construction project in Nova Scotia’s history is getting underway.

Work has started on the QEII Halifax Infirmary Expansion with heavy equipment, site trailers and fencing set up along Bell Road between Robie and Summer streets.

Construction of a new emergency department entrance and renovations to the ambulance entryway will start first.

The province is investing $254 million in this phase of the project.

When complete, the transformation will also include an acute care tower with 216 patient beds, 16 operating rooms, and upgraded diagnostic imaging, labs and treatment spaces.

According to the Build Nova Scotia website, “completion of the acute care tower in 2030 will enable services to be relocated from aging facilities like the Victoria General Hospital and Dickson Centre to new, state-of-the-art buildings and renovated program spaces. ”

In a release, Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson says the project “will revitalize healthcare in our province and boost our economy by creating more than 1,000 jobs for tradespeople and specialized workers here at home.”

Nova Scotia Health’s Executive Medical Director (Central Zone), Dr. Christy Bussey says, “As we embark on this transformative expansion project, we are filled with excitement. The QEII Health Sciences Centre plays a vital role in the region’s healthcare landscape, and we are committed to delivering state-of-the-art facilities that will enhance patient care, advance medical research and help us attract and keep healthcare professionals.”

The vice-president and district manager of PCL Construction, Paul Knowles says, “As we begin on-site activity, we are one step closer to giving the amazing staff working at the Halifax Infirmary access to the space and technology they need to continue providing modern, accessible care to the community.”

President and CEO of Build Nova Scotia, David Benoit calls this “a historic moment for our province.”

He says their first priority is to patients, their families and healthcare professionals.

Benoit adds, “To minimize disruption and ensure there is no impact to the delivery of care, we are working closely with the Central Zone leadership and the Halifax Infirmary throughout the expansion project.”