Dartmouth General Hospital

Background

As part of QEII New Generation, the redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, services are being moved out of the aging Victoria, Centennial and Dickson buildings on the VG site. Those buildings will eventually come down. Care and services will be delivered at other hospitals or new health care facilities being built or renovated including Dartmouth General Hospital. It will be adding more surgeries and services as a result.

Result

  • Doubling the number of operating rooms from 4 to 8
  • Adding nearly 50 hospital beds
  • Renovating and modernizing a number of spaces throughout the hospital (inpatient rooms, waiting areas, pharmacy, entrance and parking lot)

Update

  • The new Neville J. Gilfoy three-storey expansion that includes eight new operating rooms and clinical space opened December 2019
  • Government approved $7.6 million to add six more dialysis chairs in October 2019
  • Third and fourth floors have been renovated and reopened in September 2017
  • The remaining work includes the addition of 48 beds on the fifth floor, a new intensive care unit and intermediate care unit, an enhanced pharmacy and diagnostic imaging department and an expansion of the dialysis unit and parking lot
  • The renovations are expected to be complete late summer of 2021
  • The project cost more than $150 million

Benefits

  • Performing about 3,500 more surgeries in Dartmouth each year
  • Reducing wait times
  • Improving access to care
  • Improving patient privacy and accessibility
  • Providing doctors, nurses and other health professionals a modern place to work with advanced equipment and technology
  • Providing a modern, state-of-the-art facility to help recruit and retain health professionals

Quick facts about Dartmouth General:

  • Serving patients in Dartmouth and surrounding areas for over 40 years
  • Providing health care services to about 300,000 people every year
  • Services include:
    • 24-hour emergency department
    • inpatient and critical care
    • several surgery programs (including general surgery, urology, gynecology, ENT, orthopedics, plastics, vascular, and dentistry)