“The vital expansion of the Endoscopy Unit at South Shore Regional Hospital  will ensure the continued success of performing high volume and high quality endoscopy. The new Endoscopy Unit will be designed to ensure patients have the very best treatment experience possible with respect, dignity and privacy.”

– Dr. Hughie Fraser, MD, FRCPC Gastroenterologist

A calm and caring experience

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure where a ‘scope’ (thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end) is introduced into the body in order to look at internal organs and structures. “Endo” procedures are routinely conducted for a broad array of diagnoses.

While a fairly common procedure, it is one that some patients find daunting and stressful. Anxiety during endoscopy is a widely researched area, as it often impacts the outcome of the endoscopy, the ease of the procedure itself and whether or not it will need to be repeated; keeping calm and relaxed can make passage of the scope easier and less uncomfortable.

Helping patients manage their individual stress response during a scope is key. That’s difficult to do when you are awaiting a procedure and are in close physical proximity to other patients undergoing procedures.

Our new Endoscopy Unit will move out of a single, small room with no waiting area currently located behind the Emergency Department, into a bright new, functional, purpose-built, patient-friendly space that is six times the size of the current Endoscopy space.

It will include a dedicated negative pressure room—a requirement for bronchoscopes—that also allows for patient isolation if required. Essential private patient washrooms will be abundant, and the new unit will accommodate both endoscopy and urology procedures. Two procedure rooms and a dedicated recovery area will fully support the over 2,400 scope procedures conducted each year at the Hospital.

Day Surgery Upgrades

“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.