Installation work continues on the next phase of New Waterford Consolidated Hospital fire sprinkler system project

NEW WATERFORD, N.S. – Installation work continues on a project to add a fire sprinkler system to New Waterford Consolidated Hospital.

Work is wrapping up this week in the main entrance, reception/waiting area and switchboard/admitting area. Next week, services will move back to that area. The front entrance is expected to reopen on Monday, Dec. 23.

Work on the next section of the main floor will begin on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. That area includes the emergency department, diagnostic imaging, lab, ambulatory care, ultrasound and EKG. This work is expected to take eight to 10 weeks. To prepare for this work:

  • Diagnostic imaging (X-ray), will be closed starting Monday, Dec. 16 and will reopen in March 2020. While the department is closed, people can go to hospitals in Glace Bay, Sydney or North Sydney for walk-in X-ray service. The hours for walk-in X-ray at those sites are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday at Glace Bay and Northside General hospitals and 1 to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday at Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
  • Ultrasound will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 17 to allow the service to relocate. It reopens on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the doctor’s lounge area next to switchboard and will continue to see patients in its new location
  • Lab (blood collections) will relocate to the hospital’s Assembly Hall on Monday, Dec. 30. Regular service (Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) resumes in the Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
  • EKG will move to the swing office located in the hospital’s administrative wing. It will reopen on Monday, Dec. 23 and will continue to see patients in its new location.
  • Ambulatory care will move to hospital’s old chapel located in the hospital’s annex (near Acadia Street entrance). It will reopen on Monday, Dec. 23 and continue to see scheduled appointments in its new location.
  • The hospital’s emergency department will remain closed until work is completed in 2020.

People with scheduled appointments for ultrasound, EKG and ambulatory care are being notified of the change in service locations.

While these services will be closed or relocated, people will be able to access physician and nurse practitioners offices, day surgery, diabetic education, mental health and addiction services and public health services. People are still able to visit patients on the hospital’s second floor medical/surgical unit or residents on Waterford Heights.

Entrances – While the main entrance is closed, people are reminded to use the rear door near the emergency department (King Street side); the Acadia Street side entrance or the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side). Once the main entrance reopens on Monday, Dec. 23, people will be able to use that entrance as well to access services.

Parking – Public parking continues to be available in the parking lot on the King Street side (near the emergency department); the small side parking lot by the Acadia Street entrance; or the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side). The front parking lot remains open but people will have to use other entrances to access hospital services until the main entrance reopens on Monday, Dec. 23. Staff can access the upper rear parking lots off MacLeod Avenue and Acadia Street.

People are reminded to use caution in any areas where work is being done. Installation work will follow the standards and guidelines set out to ensure the health and safety of patients, residents, visitors, staff and physicians.

The installation of the system is recommended by the Office of the Fire Marshal and ensures ongoing safety for the hospital’s patients, residents, clients, visitors, employees and physicians.

A multi-year project that started in 2016, this phase involves installing the system on the hospital’s main floor and is expected to be completed in spring 2020.

Updates and service impacts will be shared with staff, physicians and the public as the project progresses.

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