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Hospital History…

From its humble beginning in 1912 to the vast complex that you see today, Yarmouth Regional Hospital ( has continued to grow and adapt to meet the health needs of our communities. At its heart is a dedicated team of health care professionals striving to provide the best patient and client care possible.

Incorporated in April 16, 1908, the first Yarmouth Hospital opened in 1912 housing just 8 patient beds compared to the 124 beds available today. In 1916 a new hospital was built on the present site of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital on Vancouver Street. Additions to Yarmouth Regional Hospital including a nursing school, a long term care facility, a residential care facility and a Veteran’s Unit have allowed the hospital complex to grow, becoming the centre for health care services in our region.

Hospital History

Hospital specific redevelopments over the years has resulted in a facility that includes a renal dialysis unit, a cancer centre, a state-of-the art diagnostic imaging department, an inpatient mental health unit, a state-of-the art laboratory, new inpatient units and new physician offices.

Community-based programs such as Mental Health Services, Addiction Services, Public Health Services, Supportive Care Services, Seniors Services, Continuing Care and Primary Health Care Services work closely with hospital care programs. Community-based programs support the health and wellness of our communities by focusing on education, prevention and chronic disease management.

Today's Yarmouth Regional Hospital provides specialized care to the more than 58,000 people of Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby Counties. In 2013 South West Health was selected as a new family medicine training site - creating five more family residency training spots at Dalhousie medical school. Click on the following link to read more:

Services include:

  • Addictions Services – including inpatient withdrawal management and community-based services
  • Alternate Level of Care Unit
  • Ambulatory Care Clinics – visiting clinics
  • Breast screening – mammograms (through Diagnostic Imaging)
  • Cancer Care Centre
  • Cardiovascular Program
  • Chronic Pain Clinic
  • Continuing Care
  • Diabetes Education
  • Diagnostic Imaging, X-Ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasonography
  • 24 hour Emergency department
  • Falls Prevention
  • Family Wellness – Nurse Practitioner clinic
  • Kidney Clinic
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Laboratory Services – blood collection, water testing
  • Maternal-Child / Obstetrics / Pre-natal clinic
  • Mental Health – inpatient / outpatient
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Palliative and Supportive Care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pre-Natal Clinic
  • Public Health
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Renal Dialysis / Kidney Clinic
  • Respiratory Therapy - Asthma Clinic / COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Clinic
  • Stroke Program
  • Surgery / Laparoscopic surgery / Day surgery
  • Veterans Place – veterans unit
  • Volunteer Services

Visiting Hours:

Visitors are welcome daily between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Please check with nursing staff, if you want to visit outside of the standard visiting hours.

There is a rest period (no visitors) on Maternal-Child Unit, second floor, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Special Considerations:

Scents (such as perfume, cologne, hairspray) cause health problems for many people. Please do not use scented products. All South West Health properties are tobacco product free, smokers must go off hospital grounds to use tobacco products.

Contact Information:

Yarmouth Regional Hospital
60 Vancouver Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2P5
General Switchboard: 902-742-3541
Patient Switchboard: 902-742-6600
Fax: 902-742-0369