First stage of QEH day surgery department renovations complete

Published on February 5, 2014
During a recent visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Health Minister Doug Currie (second from left) toured the new day surgery department construction site with David White (left), QEH redevelopment project co-ordinator; Jamie MacDonald, chief administrative officer for QEH and Community Hospitals East; and Melanie Walsh, nurse manager of QEH day surgery department and surgical services.
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CHARLOTTETOWN – The first stage of renovations to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s surgery department is complete.

Once completed this spring, the expansion will increase the number of day surgery spaces from 10 to 18.

Additional consultation rooms will provide for more pre- and post-surgical procedures and allow for post-operative recovery rather than transferring patients to the surgical nursing unit. A dedicated space for post-operative caesarian-section patients will allow for privacy for families and their new babies.

As part of the expansion, a separate ophthalmology surgical suite will allow timely access to cataract surgery and help reduce wait times.

Units that support the day surgery department are moving into their new space this week. Work will then begin on the final stages of the expansion, which will more than triple the space to about 21,000 square feet.  

“We are very excited to see day surgery department services relocate to their new areas,” said Jamie MacDonald, chief administrative officer for the QEH. “Staff and patients will begin to enjoy benefits from the larger, more modernly equipped space that offers improved patient privacy, confidentiality and an overall more comfortable experience.”

The day surgery department expansion will complete the first phase of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s redevelopment project, which also included construction of a new emergency department, ambulatory care centre and expansion of the provincial cancer treatment centre. This is the first renovation to the surgery department and its support services since the hospital opened 30 years ago.