South Shore Regional Hospital’s vital Day Surgery unit is set to triple in size as part of the facility’s Redevelopment Project.

Each year, about 3,000 surgical procedures are performed here: gynaecological, orthopaedic, oral, plastics, general surgery, ophthalmology, ENT (ear, nose, throat), and some pediatric surgeries. This is all accomplished in a space designed and built for the South Shore 33 years ago.  

While any surgical procedure can naturally bring with it some anxiety, some procedures, such as cancer surgeries, place a heavy emotional burden on patients. It is in these moments that we most want our space to enhance the patient experience by offering the best in terms of comfort, privacy and dignity.

Currently, floor space with the Day Surgery Unit is limited, which SSRH Medical Site Lead Dr. Heather Johnson notes can create challenges with patient flow.

“This is great news! By expanding Day Surgery, patients and their families will experience a modernized, private care area. Dedicated spaces for assessment and consultations will also improve patient flow, privacy and patient care sight lines for physicians and staff.”

The new expanded space will include dedicated private patient consult rooms, private pre-op and recovery spaces, and increased pre-assessment capacity.

The fully redeveloped department will be triple the size of our existing space. It will be a single purpose area with only one entry point for the public, that includes a large waiting space for family and support persons, as well as a dedicated pediatric waiting room.