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.

Redeveloped emergency department

  • The emergency department will be redeveloped, increasing space by an estimated 40%.
  • A new Community-Based Paramedic Program will be launched in CBRM.

Increased surgeries

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

Expanded Cancer Centre

  • The current Cancer Centre will double, expanding by about 20,000 square feet.
  • New space will help meet the needs of clients and support clinical trials and research.

More hospital beds

  • The number of beds will increase as they move from Northside General and/or 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.