Pictou County first Emergency Department built for Better Care Sooner plan

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Nova Scotia Health Minister David Wilson speaks with Pictou County Health Authority nursing director Kim Chisholm, Deborah Straub, clinical department head in the emergency room department and nursing director Tish Campbell during an annoucement regarding Better Care Sooner at the Aberdeen Hospital.

People living in Pictou County will be the first in Nova Scotia to have an emergency department built to meet the actions outlined in the Better Care Sooner Plan, Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson announced today at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow.

"The redesign of the Aberdeen Hospital's emergency department will provide patients with more timely access to quality care."  said Mr. Wilson. "Having a modern emergency department that's focused on the needs of the patient is part of providing better care sooner."       

The Better Care Sooner Plan is based on recommendations by Dr. John Ross, the province's emergency care advisor. The Aberdeen redevelopment focuses on Dr. Ross's recommendation to make emergency care more patient-centred and streamlined. This will shorten wait times and improve patient flow and emergency care for seniors.

"I have been very impressed with the systematic way leaders from the Pictou County Health Authority have worked with the Department of Health and Wellness and system-engineer experts to create an evidence-based, patient-centred, futuristic plan for the Aberdeen Emergency Department and Pharmacy," said Ross. "This is exactly what is needed, and sets a great precedent for planning and development at other sites."

Dr. Deborah Straub, head of the Aberdeen Hospital emergency department, says staff feel privileged to work in the redeveloped department.

"We are very pleased that our staff, doctors and, most importantly, our patients, will have the privilege of being the first to benefit from an emergency department that reflects current and best practices in emergency care," she said.

The conceptual design of the new emergency department and pharmacy and the scale of the overall project is being determined. The Pictou County Health Authority and representatives from the Department of Health and Wellness will work together on the final design and cost.

"Our recent community engagement sessions confirmed the support of this project from the residents of Pictou County,"said Pat Lee, Pictou County Health Authority CEO. "We are grateful for the support we have received from government and our many community partners, especially the municipal governments for their commitment to contribute the required community portion of the costs for this project."

Organizations: Aberdeen Hospital, Pictou County Health Authority CEO, Department of Health and Wellness Aberdeen Emergency Department

Geographic location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia, New Glasgow

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  • Johnny smoke
    January 19, 2013 - 12:17

    To anyone who has the unfortunate occasion to be housed in the bunker my sincere apologies. I guess all of that overbuilding for admin staff, V.P.'s and C.E.O.'s left the hospital with no room to lodge emergency patients except in the corridors of hell as is the case at present. While all of these admin persons go home to a comfy house at night, the poor old taxpaying patients are left in the corridors with few washroom and no showers facilities, they only have the blinding overhead lights and a few staff, run off their feet for company. It is amazing that it takes some 50 years to upgrade what is the most used hospital in Northern Nova Scotia bar none. Makes you wonder if all of the pronouncements by past and present political honcho's are worth the paper they are printed on. We shall see when the new facilities are built. In other parts of the globe these facilities are constructed in a circle around a central core where health care providers can observe and treat patients equally. We shall see if this level of common sense has filtered down to the decision makers in this instance. Seeing how this Health Authority operates I for one am holding my breath.

  • Anon
    January 18, 2013 - 15:44

    When will the care "Get" Better.... 4 Hours sometimes even 5 to wait.

  • Hope I'm Still Alive to See It
    January 18, 2013 - 14:02

    Let me know when it happens, so I can stop driving to St. Martha's in Antigonish for timely care. What will the "expect to wait 4 hours" sign be changed to?