The Shelburne Medical Clinic is on track to get its $2.4-million upgrade.
Planning for the Shelburne Primary Health Care Collaborative Centre has been moving forward since an announcement in August by Premier Stephen McNeil when the province committed $1.65-million to the project.
This money is in addition to contributions of $450,000 from the Municipality of Shelburne, $200,000 from the Roseway Hospital Charitable Foundation and $100,000 from the Town of Shelburne.
A part of the new clinic design will include space for family medicine residents from Dalhousie University on residency placement in Shelburne. The hope is this will help attract and retain physicians to the area.
Regular meeting are taking place with representatives from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the provincial departments of Health and Wellness and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
“While a basic design of the new space has been done,” said a communication update by the NSHA at the end of December 2015 and addressed to Shelburne council. “These plans are now being finalized with thought being given to equipment needs and placement of furniture, exam tables and other items.”
Demolition inside the existing building is slated to start in the spring.
It is expected the renovation will take up to a year.
“As with many large renovation projects issues can pop up that are unexpected,” the report said. “Careful planning will help reduce any unforeseeable delays.
“We look forward to the opening of the new facility and the opportunities it will create to improve access to primary health care services for the people of Shelburne while complementing existing services at Roseway Hospital.”
“It has been a long road to get to this point, and we are encouraged things are moving forward,” said Fraser Mooney, spokesman for South West Health.