By writer to www.capebretonpost.com
GLACE BAY, N.S. —
The schedule for building of a brand new renal dialysis unit on the Glace Bay Hospital has encountered setbacks that the Nova Scotia Well being Authority is attributing to points together with social distancing laws ensuing from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to questions from the Cape Breton Publish, well being authority spokesperson Brendan Elliott indicated the unit, which had been anticipated to start out receiving sufferers this spring, is now focused for completion in the summertime.
“The Glace Bay dialysis undertaking is shifting forward as finest it will probably throughout this tough time,” Elliott wrote in an announcement. “We’re experiencing considerably lowered workforce numbers and slower progress as a result of results of social distancing restrictions of the employees.”
Elliott added that members of the undertaking group are doing their finest to maintain the undertaking as near schedule as potential.
The undertaking is utilizing the companies of native contractor Joneljim, for each inside and exterior work.
Mark LeCouter, senior director for the CBRM health-care redevelopment, mentioned in an October replace on the undertaking that, at that time, every part was on schedule, with no unexpected circumstances or disruptions to the operation of the constructing.
The Division of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal issued the tender for the unit’s building final April, two years after the undertaking was introduced.
The estimated price for building of the unit is $7.2 million. A part of the undertaking will likely be funded by means of a $1.7-million bequest from the property of the late Thomas Peach of Glace Bay, who left the cash with the intent of serving to set up dialysis companies locally.
The provincial authorities will cowl the rest, together with the price of design work already accomplished.
The six-station satellite tv for pc dialysis unit is being constructed on the principle ground inside an current space situated on the entrance of the hospital which previously housed medical data.
As effectively, within the basement, a biomedical technical workshop, water therapy room and a brand new mechanical room are being constructed.
Work to the outside of the constructing will embrace a brand new hearth exit and stairs from the dialysis unit, some new curtain wall cladding and glazing, new exterior chiller, modifications to parking and walkway areas and a few landscaping.
The brand new unit is meant to scale back strain on the Cape Breton Regional Hospital’s dialysis unit in Sydney, minimize down on journey time for a lot of sufferers and accommodate the growing variety of sufferers requiring the therapy.
As a result of the development is going down at a functioning hospital, an infection management was a major consideration within the tender paperwork.
To organize for the work, the previous medical data space that will likely be dwelling to the unit was cleared and remoted so it wouldn’t have an effect on the remainder of the constructing.
Glace Bay Hospital is a 63-bed in-patient facility. It supplies companies together with diagnostic imaging, an emergency division, acute care in-patient companies, grownup day program, eye clinic, ambulatory care, pharmacy, physiotherapy, lab companies and diet companies.