Province announces dialysis service expansion in Digby

The provincial government has announced an additional $7.4 million for the design and construction of a new six-station dialysis unit for the Digby General Hospital.

Patients between Bridgetown and Meteghan currently have to travel to Yarmouth, Berwick, or Halifax for service.

Clare-Digby MLA Gordon Wilson says, "Some patients have to travel several hours every week for dialysis treatment, and that can add stress and financial strain on individuals and their families."

The project is part of an expansion of dialysis service across Nova Scotia, with other projects underway in Kentville, Bridgewater, Halifax, Dartmouth, and Glace Bay.

Government says once complete, the province will have about 30 per cent more dialysis seats.