December 16, 2016

As part of the QEII redevelopment project, design work will begin in 2017 to revitalize an unused operating room at the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor.

Construction is expected to begin in the summer or fall of 2017 and the new operating room is expected to open by the spring of 2018.

"Performing more surgeries outside the downtown core of Halifax is part of our overall plan to connect more Nova Scotians with the health care they need," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. 

Currently, the Hants Community Hospital has one functional operating room. A second operating room, built when the hospital was originally constructed in 1976, will be prepared for use. The project is expected to cost about $3.8 million.

The QEII redevelopment project includes the expansion of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, along with projects at Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will allow the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax.