What is involved in the Hospital expansion project?
The expansion will add 330,000 square feet of new patient-centred space to the existing hospital. The following programs and services will be relocated to the expansion space:
- Emergency Department
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Surgical Services
- Maternal Newborn (formerly Obstetrics)
- Medical Surgical Inpatient Unit
- Intensive Care Unit
- Support Services
Are there any new services/programs planned?
New programs and services that will be offered as part of the expansion include:
- The addition of Milton’s first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, reducing the need for patients to travel to other hospitals for this vital service
- The introduction of Angiography/Interventional technology and diagnostics
- The addition of a Procedures Unit with three new rooms to accommodate procedures such as cystoscopy and endoscopy which are currently performed in the hospital’s operating rooms
- The addition of a Level 2A Special Care Nursery with capacity for seven bassinets to care for babies who need extra support and monitoring
- The addition of a dedicated operating room in the Maternal Newborn Department for planned and emergency caesarean sections
Will there be more inpatient beds?
Yes. The expansion will increase the hospital’s inpatient bed capacity from 63 to 129 beds. The number of inpatient beds available for use will increase over a period of several years as the hospital ramps up to full capacity.
Will there be more single-patient rooms?
Yes. Eighty per cent of the hospital’s new inpatient beds will be located in single-patient rooms. More single-patient rooms means increased privacy for patients and opportunities for a family member to stay overnight with their loved one.
What will happen to the current hospital after the expansion opens?
The current hospital facilities will continue to be used for programs and services including: complex continuing care, outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient pharmacy, lab among others.
What space will be available after the move?
The space currently being used by the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Obstetrics, the Intensive Care Unit, the Medical Surgical Inpatient Unit and several support services will be vacated.
Will the vacated space be renovated?
No. While the MDH expansion will provide opportunities to re-purpose the vacated space, the project does not include funding for renovations, furniture or equipment associated with the use of these vacated spaces.
Who decides what will go in the vacated space?
With the assistance of experienced facility planners from Agnew Peckham, our Redevelopment Office has developed a comprehensive process to plan for the future use of this space. The process involved:
- a physical assessment of the future vacated areas
- development of a prioritization framework to facilitate the evaluation of proposed future uses for the vacated space
Who has been consulted?
Planners met with 27 user groups to determine space requirements for programs and services that are not part of the new expansion. The information that has been gathered will now be reviewed and recommendations will be presented to the Hospital’s Senior Leadership Team.
When will a decision be made?
It is anticipated that plans for the future use of vacated space at MDH will be shared by the end of 2016.
Will there be more parking?
Yes. Upon completion the hospital will have more than 650 parking spaces available for patients, visitors and staff. The hospital currently has approximagely 300 spots.
What type of parking will be built – surface or garage?
Surface parking lots will be located close to multiple entrances.
How much will parking cost?
Parking rates will not be affected by the expansion. Parking fees collected by the hospital are used to cover the cost of providing, maintaining and administering the parking facilities, and to support operational costs related to patient care.
What retail outlets will be available in the expansion space?
Halton Healthcare is conducting a competitive bidding process to determine what retail services, including food, will be available in the new space. Additionally, the Milton District Hospital Auxiliary’s Gift Shop will be relocated to the expansion space.
When did construction begin and when will it conclude?
Construction began in June 2015 and is expected to conclude in Spring 2017.
Will the hospital remain open during construction?
Yes. The hospital will continue to provide services to the community for the entire period of the expansion project.