A report regarding the future of intensive care units says one of three hospitals in northern Nova Scotia should be upgraded.


The Review of Intensive Care Services in Nova Scotia calls for hospitals to be listed in one of three critical care levels with level one taking the most serious patients. The report says either Colchester Regional, Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, or St. Martha’s in Antigonish should be classified a level two. The recommendations have not been accepted by the Department of Health.


While some people have said there will be a downgrading of services for the other two hospitals, Peter MacKinnon disagrees. The Colchester East Hants Health Authority CEO said the report shows most regional hospitals are currently operating at a level three already.


“I don’t see it, I guess, as a loss,” he said. “I think what you’re going to see is maybe a bit of an upgrade.”