First inpatient unit now open in the north tower at Victoria Hospital
New general and orthopaedic surgery floor


For Immediate Release:
October 15, 2010

(LONDON, ON) – The new 63-bed general and orthopaedic surgery inpatient unit in the new north tower at London Health Science’s Victoria Hospital is now open for care. A celebration event was held today to mark opening of the new unit that opened to care on October 2.

The new unit is the size of two football fields and is the first inpatient unit to occupy the new 10-storey state-of-the-art north tower as part of the second milestone of the major hospital restructuring happening at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) known as Milestone 2, Phase 2.

LHSC and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London are now less than eight months away from the completion of the largest restructuring project in both hospitals’ history. The construction of the 600,000 sq. ft. north tower on the north side of the Victoria Hospital campus is a significant piece of the puzzle that is nearly complete. The building is expected to be fully occupied by the spring of 2011.

"This is an extremely exciting day for LHSC. After eight years of planning and construction, we are now seeing the results of our efforts and the impact to our patients. This new space is purpose-built and designed to improve patient care and best suit the needs of the general and orthopaedic surgery inpatient population,” said Cliff Nordal, President and CEO, LHSC.

Level nine of the north tower (zone B at Victoria Hospital) is bright, modern and features state-of-the-art equipment – designed with patient comfort in mind. Each level of the north tower is designed to give all patient rooms as much light as possible with windows that stretch the entire width of the room and all other support areas/rooms to be in the centre of the floor, also making it easy to navigate your way around the unit.

In addition, new bedside flat screen patient entertainment systems allows patients to order movies, watch TV, surf the internet, order their meals and much more. The systems also double as a tool for nurses and physicians to read diagnostic images at the bedside etc.

The construction of the north tower also provided the opportunity to improve infection control measures throughout the new building. Items such as newly designed sinks will help prevent the spread of infection by preventing water from splashing anywhere outside the sink.

Levels six, eight and 10 of the north tower will be occupied before the end of 2010. The building will be completely occupied in the spring of 2011 when the women and children’s clinical services will consolidate to LHSC.

For more information about Milestone 2, Phase 2 hospital restructuring at LHSC, please visit:

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About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit

For more information contact:
Melissa Poulin
Citywide Communications Consultant – Restructuring
London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
519-685-8500, ext. 64646, pager 16529

After 4:00pm call (519) 685-8500 and ask to page Melissa Poulin.