The emergency department in Atlantic Canada's largest children's hospital is doubling in size to handle a fast-growing number of patients.
Halifax's IWK Health Center has seen a 14-per-cent rise in patient visits over the last two years, with more than 33,000 visits to the past year.
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New Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced $ 1,400,000 for the design development phase on Tuesday.
McNeil also announced $ 6.9 million for a new MRI scanner and the necessary renovations.
It is expected to replace an older scanner by the spring of 2020.
A request for proposals for the expansion he will be released in the new year, with the construction expected to start in the summer of 2020 in the hospital, which treats children from the maritime.