Halifax Infirmary Expansion

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 campus. 

The expansion of the Halifax Infirmary campus will include:

  • Construction of Inpatient Centre (hospital beds and operating rooms)
  • Construction of a Reserach, Innovation and Discovery spaces
  • Construction of a new Outpatient Centre
  • Construction of the new QEII Cancer Centre (moving all cancer care from the Victoria General site)

Aerial view - November 2020 Rendering - Halifax Infirmary

Aerial View - Halifax Infirmary Expansion, November 2020 (Images reflect design at a certain point in the development process. They are not to confirm the final design)

Halifax Infirmary - November 2020 Rendering

Halifax Infirmary Expansion, November 2020 (Images reflect design at a certain point in the development process. They are not to confirm the final design)

Results

Critical Care

  • 33 Intensive Care (ICU) beds - increase of 9 
  • 15 Intermediate Care (IMCU) beds – increase of 3

Operating Rooms

  • 28 ORs - increase of 12 (9 relocated from VG site, 3 new)

Inpatient Beds 

  • 626 beds - increase of 180 (144 relocated from VG site, 36 new)

Halifax Infirmary Building Renovations

  • Renovations to accommodate two new interventional radiology suites, where less invasive procedures are performed with state-of-the-art imaging equipment - Complete November 2020
  • Creation of Atlantic Canada's first hybrid operating room, where surgeries are guided by imaging equipment

Benefits

The expanded Halifax Infirmary site, the heart of the redevelopment of the QEII, will have modern facilities and advanced technologies equipped to handle the most complex care in Atlantic Canada. The expansion means:

  • Reducing wait times
  • Improving access to care
  • Performing less invasive procedures resulting in quicker recovery for patients (ie. Atlantic Canada’s first hybrid operating room)
  • Eliminating the need to transfer patients between two sites
  • Increasing the use of technology to provide care closer to home
  • Leading the way for innovation and research-driven cancer treatment
  • Providing advanced technology to support long-distance learning
  • Providing modern facilities for health professionals to work in and care for their patients
  • Improving research and teaching opportunities to help recruit and retain doctors, researchers and other health professionals

Quick Facts

The QEII Health Sciences Centre includes the Victoria General and Halifax Infirmary sites:

  • 3,454 outpatient/clinic visits a day
  • 206 emergency visits a day
  • 75 surgeries a day
  • In 2019-2020, 131,592 patients visited the Victoria General site for outpatient care
  • In 2019-2020, 102,215 patients visited the Halifax Infirmary site for outpatient care
  • In 2019-2020, there were 105 dialysis treatments a day at the QEII Health Sciences Centre