New MRI for South Shore Regional Hospital

Wednesday February 3, 2021

Improving access to medical equipment close to home will mean better health care for Nova Scotians. That’s why government is helping to fund a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner for the South Shore Regional Hospital.

Government will cover the construction, procurement and installation of the new MRI scanner. The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore has launched a campaign to raise funds to buy the new piece of equipment.

The addition, part of the South Shore Regional Hospital Redevelopment Project, was announced today, Feb. 3, by Minister of Justice Mark Furey, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine.

“It is fantastic to see continued progress at the South Shore Regional Hospital,” said Mr. Furey. “A new MRI will mean more timely and convenient access to diagnostic imaging for the community, which is a key component of safe and high-quality care.”

The South Shore Regional Hospital Redevelopment Project was announced in April 2020, and represents a total provincial investment of $112.7 million. Work will include the expansion and renovation of the emergency department, endoscopy and day surgery units, physical plant and the addition of a dialysis unit.

Recent milestones include:

  • site’s parking lot expanded
  • construction management contract awarded to PCL Constructors Canada Inc. on Dec. 4, 2020
  • trade package for civil works, including the construction of a new EHS driveway and a new road to connect the EHS driveway to the existing helipad, awarded to Dexter Construction Company Limited on Dec. 21, 2020
  • preparation of additional construction tenders underway.

The South Shore Regional Hospital Redevelopment Project is a partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, with contributions from the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore and South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary.


Quick Facts:

  • the hospital was built in 1988. It has 85 inpatient beds, including medical, surgical, ICU, obstetrics and mental health units
  • an MRI scanner is a diagnostic imaging tool that provides non-invasive, detailed images of internal organs and systems
  • MRIs in Nova Scotia are typically used for more than 6,400 scans per year
  • improved infrastructure helps with recruitment and retention of health-care professionals