By Sherry Martell
Truro Daily News
Tatamagouche - Ground is moving outside the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital as renovations announced nearly four years are getting underway.
Fowler Construction of Bible Hill was awarded the project tender and has been working onsite for the past week.
"This project has been a long time coming and it feels great to see things moving forward in such a tangible way," said Karen Theriault, spokeswoman for the Colchester East Hants Health Authority. "The renovations won't provide an immediate solution to every challenge that we - like other rural communities - are facing from a health services perspective but they're definitely an important part of making sure that people on the North Shore have access to a comprehensive health services program.
"That's been our objective from Day 1 and it's an objective that we're equally committed to today."
Workers have already started to build a parking lot and entrance at the opposite end of the building where the existing entry corridor is located.
Theriault said this will allow clients to easily access clinic areas and doctors' offices that will be located inside the hospital in the future.
The project is designed to make better use of existing inpatient space and create new space to help advance primary health services in the community. Some project specifics include: a more centralized nursing station that allows for better observation of patients; more isolation capacity for patients with infectious illness; and realignment of beds to allow for additional observation beds in the Emergency Room.
From a primary health-care perspective, the project will deliver new space for physician offices; visiting clinics and other primary health-care initiatives, such as the new occupational therapist who recently started working in the community.
The total cost of renovations and upgrades is about $4 million.
Theriault said construction is scheduled for completion in April, 2009.
By Sherry Martell
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