“Expanding the Day Surgery Unit will enhance the patient and family experience by offering more comfort and dignity during what can be a very stressful time. With dedicated spaces for assessment and consultations it will also improve privacy and patient flow within the unit.”

– Melanie Nauss, RN BScN, Manager Perioperative & Surgical Wait Time


Operating better

Every day at South Shore Regional Hospital, lives are saved and improved in a space designed and built for fewer patients than we now serve.

One of the most marked improvements to the patient experience in the newly redeveloped South Shore Regional will be the expansion and upgrading of the
Day Surgery Unit.

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 as well.

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 can create challenges for comfort and privacy as well as patient flow. The new expanded space will include dedicated private patient consult rooms, private pre-op and recovery spaces, and increased pre-assessment capacity. It will offer more space for family or supporters to accompany a loved one who may be undergoing a procedure during a time of great personal anxiety.

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.

There will be larger and better space for attending family and friends, as well as a dedicated paediatric surgery waiting room and dedicated break room for staff.