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Oncology clinic redesign brings comfort to patients

Mar 22, 2024

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A recent renovation of the oncology clinic at Aberdeen Hospital has created a new program room and waiting area for patients and their support persons.


“One of the main priorities was to create a space for patients that was more welcoming,” explains Karen Swan, manager of Cancer Care for the Northern Zone at Aberdeen Hospital. With funding from the Aberdeen Health Foundation, work began to create new waiting areas, storage spaces, and areas to display patient program and support group information. The project was completed and opened for the public in spring of 2023.

The new space made a world of difference for Robyn MacLean, pictured right. Last year, Robyn was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatment in the clinic over a six-month period. “I was filled with trepidation on my first day of chemotherapy, not knowing what to expect,” describes Robyn. “When I opened the door, I entered a bright, beautiful space that immediately lifted my spirits. The big, beautiful windows allowed so much light into the room, and the decor was so cheery and calming.”

“It is so important to have that kind of space for people when they’re in a dark place in their mind with the fear and uncertainty of a grave illness. It made me feel comfortable and that really took the edge off of my anxiety.”


The Aberdeen Health Foundation is the leading charity for enhancing health care in Pictou County. In 2023 the Foundation invested over $2 million to fund medical equipment and enhance health programs at the Aberdeen Hospital and in our community.

Michelle Ferris
Executive Director
Aberdeen Health Foundation

902-752-7600 ext. 4442