Temporary renovations planned for South Shore Regional Hospital

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Temporary changes are coming to the emergency department at South Shore Regional Hospital to help prepare for a second wave of COVID-19.

A five-chair care area will be created to allow those who arrive at the emergency department to be separated from other patients.

“These changes will help address space issues in the emergency department and ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and physicians as we continue to prepare our COVID-19 surge response plan,” said Dr. Greg McNally, emergency department medical lead.

The plan involves installation of a temporary wall and fire doors near the front entrance, creating a new triage area in the private family waiting area/quiet room, and relocating the main waiting room to the hospital’s gift shop.

Nova Scotia Health is working with the South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary to explore options for a new, temporary location for the gift shop.

“The auxiliary’s support of the hospital is evident in its long-standing commitment with fundraising efforts and operation of the hospital gift shop. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and appreciate their support for this important project,” said Robert Zwicker, health services director and South Shore Regional Hospital site leader.

The project will be completed in phases and is expected to take four to six weeks. Patients and visitors are asked to follow instructions and posted signage when visiting the emergency department.