News release

Construction Starts Soon for New Primary Health-Care Centre in Middleton

Construction of a new primary health-care centre beside Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton will soon get underway.

The new health centre will replace the aging medical clinic next to the hospital. The current building is not meeting the needs of the collaborative family practice team. Also, there is not enough space to expand the team, which is expected to include additional doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals.

A construction tender for the clinic was issued last week.

“We continue to work on improving access to care for people in our communities,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This new centre will also improve working conditions for health professionals, help recruit new doctors and nurse practitioners, and better support training for medical residents.”

The new building will be considerably larger than the existing one, about six times the size. It will have more exam rooms and meeting rooms, a larger registration and waiting area, new space for health professionals visiting the centre and to offer group medical visits for patients, along with more space for training medical residents.

“Our collaborative family practice team is thrilled about today’s announcement to move forward with building a new, modern clinic for our team,” said Dr. Leslie Ribeiro of the Middleton Collaborative Practice. “This will enable our practice to continue to provide quality primary care for our patients, train more residents, recruit new doctors and other primary care providers to join our team, which will improve access to care for the community.”

“Improving access to primary care for Nova Scotians and recruiting more family doctors and other health professionals are priorities for our organization, and this investment to build a new primary health-care centre in Middleton supports our ongoing efforts,” said Janet Knox, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “We know many new primary health-care professionals want to work in team-based care, and this purpose-built clinic will support collaboration and the delivery of comprehensive primary health care for patients.”

The total cost of the new primary health-care centre is about $12 million. The Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation has committed $1 million towards the project.

“The Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to have committed to financially supporting the construction of the new primary health-care centre,” said chair Jim Mosher. “A fundraising campaign will be initiated by the foundation to help increase access to primary care within the catchment area and improve health-care services with the support of the community.”

Construction will start this fall and is expected to take about a year to complete.

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Premier Stephen McNeil announced today (August 6th) construction of a new primary health-care centre beside Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton will begin this fall.

The new health centre will replace the current aging medical clinic. It will be considerably larger than the existing one, about six times the size. It will have more exam and meeting rooms, a larger registration and waiting area, new space for visiting health professionals and more space for training medical residents.

Premier McNeil says the new the new health centre will improve working conditions for health professionals, help recruit new doctors, nurse practitioners and other clinicians, and better support training for medical residents.

Total cost is about twelve-million-dollars with the Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation providing one-million- dollars towards the project.

Construction will start this fall and is expected to take about a year to complete.

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