Opened in 1954, Northside General Hospital is a community hospital that serves North Sydney, Sydney Mines, and surrounding areas. It currently has 45 acute care beds, 14 licensed transitional long-term care beds, and 22 beds on Taigh Solas, a licensed community long-term care unit.

As part of the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project, Northside residents will have a new, modern health centre and a 60-bed long-term care home. Both will be built in the Northside Business Park, along with a new laundry centre. The project also includes 12 (sub-acute) short-stay beds.

New health centre

  • A new health centre will replace Northside General Hospital, strengthening primary health services in the area
  • Space for a collaborative family care teams (doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, dietitians, and other health professionals); 38 new exam rooms and 2 workstations
  • Space for after-hours clinics, booked appointments, and walk-ins
  • 10 new day clinic rooms (currently 7)
  • Continuing care staff in one location (currently in a separate building)
  • 8 new work stations for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition counselling (currently 3)
  • Expanded dialysis service (going from 8 to 12 treatment stations)
  • New consultation rooms for counselling, community support teams, and wellness clinics
  • 8 new team work stations for public health services (currently none), 3 officers/consultation rooms (currently 1), and 1 clinic room (currently none)
  • Expansion of chronicle disease management space to include a new classroom and a new nourishment room
  • Expansion of endoscopy services to create a centre of excellent for endoscopy in CBRM
  • Diagnostic imaging (x-ray and ultrasound), blood collection, and cardiac services

Short-Stay Beds

  • Twelve new (sub-acute) short-stay beds for patients who need observation but not in an acute care setting; stays up to 72 hours
  • This includes patients with exacerbated COPD, post-surgery wound care requiring IV antibiotics, and blood transfusion

New long-term care home

  • Taigh Solas, the current 22-bed licensed community long-term care unit, will be replaced with a new 60-bed (estimated) long-term care home

New laundry centre

  • A new laundry centre to serve CBRM hospitals and health centres will be built to replace the existing facility
  • It will have modern equipment and improved working conditions