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 Halifax Infirmary Hospital

Capital Health - QE 2

Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the QEII is the largest adult academic health sciences centre in Atlantic Canada. It was created in 1996 with the merger of Victoria General Hospital, Halifax Infirmary, Abbie J. Lane Memorial, Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre and the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre. In addition to providing care to tens of thousands of Atlantic Canadians each year, the QEII is a centre of excellence in health research.

Orthopaedics is located in the Halifax Infirmary building.

Click on the tabs below for hospital information and your final “To Do” hospital checklist.


Print off this handy checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything before your surgery! 

Final Pre-Hospital “To-Do” Checklist


Checklist Item

Food & Drink



Eat a light meal the night before your surgery


Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your surgery




Shower the night before or morning of your surgery


Remove all nail polish and cosmetics (lipstick, blush, eye makeup)

Things to Bring


Enough comfy clothes to last you up to five days, just in case


A pair of lightweight supportive shoes with non-slip soles (like running shoes with enclosed heel, a half size larger to accommodate swelling)


Non-scented toiletries (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, razor, powder, etc.)


Glasses, hearing aids or dentures (and cases to put them in)


You will be provided with walking aids during your stay in hospital. Bring crutches and walker on day of discharge, to make adjustments.


Dressing equipment (long-handled shoehorn, sock aid and a “reacher”, clearly marked with your name) Optional, but recommended.


4-inch foam cushion, optional, for ride home.


Check your equipment list to make sure you have the necessary aids you require for home. 


Any medications you are currently taking


Reading materials (books, magazines, etc.)


Do not bring any valuables (jewelry, cash, credit cards, cell phone)



Clearly label all your personal items


A list of your current medications


The name, phone number and address of your pharmacy


Your family doctor’s name, phone number, address and fax number


Your health card and health insurance card


A list of your family and friends’ addresses and telephone numbers

Planning Ahead


Arrange your home to make sure you can move around easily when you return from your surgery – move around furniture if you need to.


Arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up from the hospital


Arrange for a friend or family member to stay with you (or close by) for at least two to three days after you return home from surgery to help you.


Find a place for your pets to stay while you are in the hospital


Plan grocery delivery services before going to the hospital

Where to Go

It’s the day of your surgery and you’re ready to go. So how do you get to your hospital?

Halifax Infirmary – Capital Health

1796 Summer Street

Fifth floor, Robie Street Entrance
Halifax, NS
B3H 3A7

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Capital Health Parking Services is designed to provide parking for its most important group: its patients.

At the QEII Hospital, Parking Services are supported by Partners for Care – a non-profit organization that operates the business interests at the QEII (such as parking, retail services and other projects). Every cent raised by Partners for Care goes back to fund operations and medical equipment for Capital Health.

Parking Rates

First ½ hour - $1.25
Second ½ hour - $1.25
Third ½ hour - $1.25
Fourth ½ hour - $1.25
Every extra ½ hour - $1.00
Daily Maximum (24 hours) - $12.00

Note: Rates are charged per ½ hour or part thereof. 
Parking at QEII - Halifax Infirmary
Visiting Hours

We know how important friends and family are in helping you recover. As a patient, you will work with your nurse to choose visiting hours for your friends and family.

Visitors should try to coordinate with the hospital before they arrive. Patients can get tired very quickly, so please try to limit your groups to two visitors per patient and keep your visits and conversations brief.

On-Site Food

There are a number of places to buy food throughout the QEII. The restaurants offer soups, salads, sandwiches, hot meals and Tim Hortons. Food services are available at the Halifax Infirmary from 6:30 am to 1:30 am, 7 days a week.

On-Site Food Locations

Cafeteria – 2nd floor

Tim Hortons – 1st floor (Summer Street entrance) and 4th floor (Robie Street entrance)

Vending Machines – Located throughout the hospital

Gift Shop & Convenience Store - 1st floor (Summer Street entrance)


The hospital offers three types of accommodations for patients:

Standard Ward—three or four beds per room

Semi-private—two beds per room

Private—one bed per room

Hospitals are very busy places filled with many patients, so it is not always possible to give you the room you asked for. However, we will try our hardest to transfer you to your preferred room as soon as it becomes available.

There is a daily charge for semi-private and private rooms, which may be covered by your private health insurance.

Friends & Family

Check out the Yellow Pages for a list of hotels in the HRM and surrounding area to enjoy a safe and comfortable stay while visiting your loved ones.

As well, feel free to contact any of these hotels to check on pricing and availability – some offer discount prices for families of inpatients!

Places to stay in Halifax