A new, expanded Cancer Care Unit will be developed on the 5th floor of the Hospital. The Unit will bring all services together on the same floor and will feature a dramatically improved chemotherapy treatment area and comfortable waiting areas for patients and their caregivers, plus a dedicated chemotherapy pharmacy.
Surgeons at GBHS often employ minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques when diagnosing and treating cancer and other disease. With MIS surgery, patients experience less pain, fewer infections and faster recovery times.
HD cameras and monitors, brighter light sources and other improvements in MIS technology mean better outcomes for patients.
Each year more than 12,000 CT scans are completed for patients from every community in Grey Bruce. Our current CT is ten years old and nearing the end of its lifespan. New CT technology means faster scanning, lower radiation dose, improved accuracy and enhanced image quality and capability.
This highly specialized x-ray room is used by doctors to diagnose and treat cancer and other illnesses.
Guided by live x-rays, biopsies are performed using minimally invasive techniques, rather than traditional surgery, enabling patients to recover as quickly as possible. Procedures which aid in the delivery of chemotherapy or help improve the quality of life after cancer diagnosis are also completed. The Suite is also used to find and treat blood clots and narrowing of arteries in the legs and more.
Existing equipment was installed in 1999 and has reached the end of its lifespan. Upgrading the Suite is a high priority.
Patients with heart problems typically undergo a wide range of tests—from ECGs to stress tests and more. Some 40,000 heart tests are performed on Grey Bruce patients every year.
GBHS is building an innovative, new cardiac management system to collect, store and communicate heart test data for the entire region. This will make it possible for doctors to quickly and easily access heart test results almost instantly, regardless of the type of test or where it was administered.
With over 17,000 visits, the ER at Southampton Hospital is one of the busiest in all of Grey Bruce. But at more than 40 years old, the facilities are showing their age. Increasing patient volumes present challenges to nursing and medical staff.
New, larger ER and Lab facilities are needed to help staff cope with high patient volumes. The expanded departments will have more comfortable treatment space and provide better working conditions for our skilled staff and physicians.
In 2008, GBHS introduced an initiative to allow GBHS Hospitals in Markdale, Meaford, Southampton and Wiarton to offer colorectal cancer screening. 1,753 procedures were performed in 2013/14 thanks to this initiative.
Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Canada. Colonoscopy is a surgical procedure that is very effective in the early identification and successful treatment of colorectal cancer. In order to maintain this critical service, surgical equipment needs to be upgraded to the latest technology.
Our six GBHS hospitals are aging. Needs such as new roofs or enhanced entranceways will become necessary at some point in the future. To ensure we continue to fulfill our promise to provide welcoming surroundings for our patients and safe, comfortable working environments for our hardworking teams, GBHS constantly evaluates the capital needs of each of our hospitals.