Dartmouth General Hospital

Background

As part of QEII New Generation project, the QEII Health Sciences Centre will be redeveloped and services will be moved out of the aging Victoria, Centennial and Dickson Buildings on the Victoria General site.

Care and services will be delivered at Hants Community Hospital or Dartmouth General Hospital, or the new Bayers Lake QEII Community Outpatient Centre or the expanded and renovated QEII Health Sciences Centre Halifax Infirmary (HI) campus.

Results

  • 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, including inpatient rooms, pharmacy, PACU and Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical device reprocessing, Intensive Care Unit, and Intermediate Care Unit

Update

  • New Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and pharmacy opened, and diagnostic imaging renovations continued in July 2021
  • The renovated post-anesthesia care unit and day surgery opened in December 2020 and features 18 post-anesthesia care bays, 12 flex bays and 8 self-contained privacy rooms
  • 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 were renovated and reopened in September 2017

Cost

  • Approximately $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

Services

  • 24-hour emergency department
  • Inpatient and critical care
  • Several surgery programs (including general surgery, urology, gynecology, ENT, orthopedics, plastics, vascular, and dentistry)

Quick Facts

  • 448 outpatient/clinic visits a day
  • Number of visits to diagnostic imaging: 37,297
  • Number of surgeries, including day surgery: 4,516
  • Number of ER visits: 44,125
  • Number of outpatient visits: 164,054