July 14, 2010
GRAND FALLS (CNB) - Patients in the Grand Falls area will have better access to diagnostic and treatment services in more modern spaces as part of a major renovation project starting this summer at the Grand Falls General Hospital.
Health Minister Mary Schryer and Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette were on site today to announce the changes.
"Improving hospital infrastructure is a fundamental part of our government's plan to support the delivery of quality health care to patients in New Brunswick," said Schryer. "This renovation project will enable Grand Falls-area patients to have better access to services in modern and more spacious environments, which will also improve working conditions for staff."
The project involves renovating 495 sq. m (about 5,500 sq. ft.) of unfinished space; this will enable relocating laboratory and diagnostic imaging services into a modern and spacious environment closer to emergency services. Construction of this phase is expected to begin this summer and be completed in early 2011.
Once laboratory and diagnostic imaging are moved into their new spaces, their current area will be renovated to accommodate a minor procedures unit. This construction phase will involve renovating 306 sq. m (about 3,400 sq. ft.) for the minor procedures unit. Work is expected to start in the spring of 2011.
The creation of a separate minor procedures unit will free up space in the ambulatory care (outpatient) department, allowing an increased number of clinics than currently offered at the hospital.
"We are very pleased with this announcement, as it means improved quality of service delivery in a modern environment for residents of Grand Falls and surrounding areas," said Aldéa Landry, chair, board of directors, Vitalité Health Network. "These investments will allow us to make improvements, such as the addition of new clinics, which will ensure better access to a variety of services and, consequently, reduce the length of time people have to wait for an exam."
The provincial government has announced funding of $3.5 million in the 2010-11 capital budget to pay for these renovations.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Department of Health, 506- 444-3506.