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Quality of life often depends on the quality of one's health. Bridgewater's healthcare infrastructure is designed to address the needs of town residents and those who live in the surrounding communities. The cornerstone of which is a modern regional hospital.


South Shore Regional Hospital


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South Shore Regional Hospital (SSRH) is an 84-bed acute care health facility, which serves a population base of approximately 60,000. It is located on the East Side of the LaHave River in a park-like setting and is within a stone's throw of the Medical Arts Building, which houses a number of physicians' private practices. Additionally, Bridgewater is a one-hour drive from Halifax where tertiary care services not offered at SSRH are available.

For further information call 902-543-4603. SSRH offers:

  • Acute care modern facility
  • 24 hour emergency care
  • Three theatre operating suite
  • Five day per week day surgery
  • A 24-hour Emergency Department Level III Emergency and District Trauma Centre
  • Skilled nursing care
  • Telehealth services
  • Helipad for emergency health response airlift to Halifax (20 minutes)

Clinical Services

Diagnostic Imaging Laboratory Occupational Therapy
Mammography Pharmacy Physiotherapy
Ultrasound Respiratory Therapy Mental Health Outpatient Unit
Nuclear Medicine Electrocardiography


SSRH also has an Infection Control Nurse and an Occupational Health Nurse. Discharge Planning/Utilization Management, Home Care, Social Work, Palliative Care, and Pastoral Care further support patients and their families.

Internal Medicine Department - Five Internists offer expertise in the sub-specialties of Cardiology, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, and Endocrinology. They are also intrinsic to the operation of a separate Endoscopy Unit.

Specialty Staff - Includes 4 Radiologists, a Paediatrician(s), a Pathologist, and several Psychiatrists.

Inpatient Units - Includes Surgical, Paediatric, Obstetrics & Nursery, ICU, Medical, and Mental Health.

Chemotherapy Breast-feeding Pain General Surgery
Colposcopy Family Practice Plastic Urology
Pediatrics Clinic Orthopedic Physical Medicine Vascular
Obstetrics Pre-assessment

Home Based Clinics & Support Services - Many support groups, health boards, and wellness associations hold meetings at the hospital on a regular basis at no charge.

Health Services Foundation of the South Shore - Founded in 1993, the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore raises funds for both SSRH and Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital (FMH). The Foundation, which resulted from a merger of the South Shore Regional Hospital Foundation and the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital Society, responds to the needs of the hospital, but is accountable to the donors and the community, whose gifts make its work possible.

The Foundation hosts four special events each year. “Hit it for Health”, presented by Osprey Ridge Golf Club; “Cure for a Cause”, hosted by the Lunenburg Curling Club; an annual Gingerbread House Auction & Tea in Mahone Bay; and a fall Gala “Jeans & Gems”, all raise significant funds for hospital services and equipment.

Well Women's Clinics - These are held at SSRH twice a year.

Volunteer Service - This enhances the quality of patient care by providing non-professional support and complimentary care. It also augments existing services through the use of community volunteers in 27 established programs at SSRH.

SSRH Auxiliary - The Auxiliary's nearly 100 members raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually through the Hospital Gift Shop and a used clothing shop, The Daisy.



Additional Medical Services


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A wide range of medical services and supporting institutions contribute to Bridgewater's healthcare offerings.

Audiology Family Physicians Physiotherapy
Holistic Health Care Clinic Specialist Physicians Pharmacists
Family Dentists and Specialists Registered Massage Therapy 7 Pharmacies
Provincial Mammography Optometry Dispensing Opticians
Care Program Ophthalmology


Emergency Medical Care (EHS)

Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia (EHS), a division of the Nova Scotia Department of Health is the emergency response service provider in Bridgewater. EHS is responsible for the continual development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of pre-hospital emergency health services in the Province (paramedic, ground and air ambulance, trauma and first response). Nova Scotia is the largest jurisdiction in North America to have a single medical dispatch centre. The operation provides a single point of access to all of the pre-hospital emergency medical care resources controlled by EHS.


Senior Care


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Hillside Pines - Home for Special Care
Ph: 902- 543-1525
Fax: 902-543-8083

Seniors Shuttle Service
A low-cost shuttle service, run by the Kiwanis, transports Bridgewater's senior citizens to and from the hospital.

Senior Information Line
An information and referral service available to all seniors and their families. Information on whom or where to call is provided over the phone and seniors with special needs will be referred to the appropriate agencies. Phone (902) 624-1897.

Senior Health Days
VON nurses and community agencies support a 'Health Day' which is held twice a month in Senior's Complexes within Lunenburg County. Workshops might include blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol tests, medication management or stretching routines. 'Healthy Eating' and 'Senior's Safety' are also topics that are presented to seniors by the RCMP and community dieticians.

VON Nurses
VON nurses are referred through Home Care Nova Scotia. Assessment can be arranged by calling 1-800-225-7225.