Cape Breton Regional Hospital (Sydney)

Opened in 1995, Cape Breton Regional Hospital is the main referral and trauma centre for Cape Breton Island. It currently has 162 acute care beds, 36 emergency beds, 23 intermediate and critical care beds, 40 maternal child beds, 52 mental health and addictions beds, and nine palliative care beds.

New, expanded emergency department

  • The new emergency department will be double in size, with more exam and patient rooms. 
  • A new Community-Based Paramedic Program in CBRM; this program began rolling out at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital emergency department in December.

New, expanded Cape Breton Cancer Centre

  • The new Cape Breton Cancer Centre will double in size, providing a comfortable, supportive centre focused on patients and their families.

New, Expanded critical care department

  • The new critical care department, which will house the Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, and Intermediate Care Unit, will have larger patient rooms, more privacy and new, separate spaces for families.

Increased surgeries

  • About 1,700 surgeries will move from Northside General and/or New Waterford Consolidated hospitals
  • The orthopedic program will continue.

More hospital beds

  • The number of beds will increase as they move from Northside General and New Waterford Consolidated hospitals.
  • Space for specialty services like critical care will improve.
  • The number and mix of beds will be determined by the functional plan.

Community-based services like mental health and addictions, diabetes education, and day clinics will continue and be enhanced.

Diagnostic imaging (CTs, MRIs, x-rays, and ultrasounds) and blood collection and processing will continue.

Endoscopy (colonoscopy, gastroscopy) will continue. Some procedures will move to the new community health centre in North Sydney.