Nova Scotia invests $25 million for new hospital in North Cumberland region

Randy Delorey attends a briefing at the legislature in Halifax on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

PUGWASH, N.S. – The Nova Scotia government says it will invest about $25 million to replace the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital.

Health Minister Randy Delorey said Tuesday in a news release the new hospital in Pugwash, N.S., about 170 kilometres north of Halifax, will better serve residents of the region.

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Delorey says the province will spend $25.5 million to complete the remaining design work, finalize the land acquisition and build the facility, which he says will include a helicopter pad.

The new hospital will accommodate primary, urgent and outpatient care, laboratory and diagnostic imaging and inpatient palliative care.

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A tender for the building contract is expected early in the new year, with construction starting next spring.

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The North Cumberland Memorial Hospital opened in 1966.

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