Advertisement

Ontario government announces plan to rebuild Grimsby hospital

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, right, sits next to PC MPP Christine Elliott during Question Period at Queen's Park, in Toronto on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The provincial government says it intends to rebuild West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby.

The announcement on Wednesday came with a $500,000 grant to begin the planning to replace the 72-year-old facility.

“This will be the first step to building a new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, right here at this location,” Premier Doug Ford said.

READ MORE: Ontario health minister says hospitals will need to find ‘efficient’ ways to operate

The government also said that the hospital’s obstetric and surgical services would not shut down within two years, despite reports to the contrary, and announced $8.5 million for immediate improvements to infrastructure.

Earlier this fall, a report from an architecture firm found that the hospital needed renovations to the tune of $8.59 million over a period of 27 months.

Story continues below advertisement

The government did not indicate a timeline in which the hospital would be completed.

WATCH: Ford praises improvement to health care in Ontario

Click to play video 'Ford praises improvement to health care in Ontario' Ford praises improvement to health care in Ontario
Ford praises improvement to health care in Ontario – Nov 16, 2018