The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has formally given the green light for Lakeridge Health to proceed to the next stage in the construction of a new state-of-the-art pharmacy at its Oshawa site.
The new pharmacy will support all of Lakeridge Health’s programs, including its top ranked cancer centre, in addition to improving the quality and safety for people receiving hospital care.
“We’re a growing community with growing needs. Our new regional pharmacy will keep up with those needs,” said Tom McHugh, Interim President and CEO of Lakeridge Health. “We’re committed to improving the quality of care for the people who come through our doors and we’re pleased to see this project moving forward.”
The government of Ontario has committed $7.7 million towards the construction project. The total cost of the project is estimated at $9.62 million with the remaining money to be raised through donations to the Lakeridge Health Foundation and the Auxiliary of Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
The pharmacy redevelopment involves the renovation of approximately 10,000 square feet of existing vacant space on the 4th floor of the G-Wing in Oshawa.
“Moving forward with important capital projects is a valuable partnership between Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Lakeridge Health,” says Deborah Hammons, CEO of the Central East LHIN. “It’s clear that the completed pharmacy will accommodate an expanded role within the Oshawa hospital as well as support for pharmacies at the hospital’s sites in Bowmanville, Port Perry and Whitby.”
The new pharmacy is a ‘head-start’ on the larger redevelopment plans for Lakeridge Health’s Bowmanville and Oshawa sites. The tentative timeline for pharmacy construction to begin will be in April 2017, with Lakeridge Health estimating the project to be complete in spring 2018.