Construction has started on a new, larger health-care centre in Middleton, Nova Scotia that will better meet the needs of the area and the health-care professionals who work there.

The new health centre is replacing the aging medical clinic next to Soldiers Memorial Hospital. It will be about six times the size (over 12,000 square feet), and have more space for training medical residents and recruiting more health-care providers.

“This will not only benefit patients, it will also create a better working environment for our health-care providers and allow us to train more medical residents in our community,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This will give doctors in training and other health professionals the opportunity to see first-hand what it is like to live and work in this beautiful part of the province.”

The new building will have a larger registration and waiting area, more exam rooms and meeting rooms, new space for health professionals visiting the centre and more space for training medical residents.

“The Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to see this project moving forward,” said Jom Mosher, chair of the Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation. “Our foundation is committed to providing financial support to the construction of the new primary health-care centre, as it will help increase access to primary care within our community.”

Lindsay Construction Limited has been awarded the construction contract. Construction is expected to be take about a year. The project will cost about $12 million of which the Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation has committed $1 million.

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