Following an Ontario investment of up to $2.27 billion, the new state-of-the-art Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital is set to open its doors on Dec. 13. The project is 1.6 million square feet, triple the size of the existing Oakville hospital, to provide expanded health care services and an improved patient experience.
The new facility will offer several benefits to patients, including up to 457 inpatient beds ready on opening day; a full range of health services, including some not currently offered in the region; enhanced patient privacy and infection-prevention measures, including 80 per cent single-patient rooms; patient-centred enhancements including large windows, patient-controlled lighting and temperature, room service food delivery and patient rooms with a pull-out couch for visitors; and calm, quiet indoor and outdoor spaces. The facility will also use wireless technology instead of a paging system for non-emergency messages to provide a quieter environment.
“By investing in vital infrastructure like hospitals – and in the health care system supported by that infrastructure – we are ensuring that people in communities all across Ontario have access to the quality health care services they deserve,” said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who was on hand Nov. 17 to celebrate the hospital’s completion, in a press release. “I am proud that the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will offer a full range of health services – and a better patient experience for the people of Oakville.”
Construction on the facility began in September 2011. It is one of the largest Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) projects in Ontario, which uses private-sector resources and expertise to deliver large public infrastructure projects on time and budget.
This investment is part of the $130 billion over 10 years that Ontario has set aside to improve infrastructure in the province. Ontario plans to provide over $11 billion in hospital capital grants over 10 years to improve infrastructure in the health care sector.