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 Annapolis Valley Regional Hospital

Annapolis Valley Health

Valley Regional Hospital, which opened in 1992, serves the people of Kings County as their community hospital, and provides specialty services as a regional referral centre for the Annapolis Valley and other areas of Western Nova Scotia.


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)


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


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




Dressing equipment (long-handled shoehorn, sock aid and a “reacher”), optional but recommended.


4-inch foam cushion, for the ride back 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 the first 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?

Annaplois Valley Regional Hospital
150 Exhibition St.
Kentville, Nova Scotia
B4N 5E3
Switchboard: (902) 678-7381

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Parking costs $2.00 and is paid upon exiting the hospital. Change machines are available in the lobby.

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.

Here are the scheduled visiting hours for the hospital:

Annapolis Valley Regional Hospital (Kentville)

Visiting Hours:    

11 am – 2 pm

3:30 pm – 8 pm


On-Site Food

The on-site cafeteria is open from 7:30am to 6:15pm, with the following meal hours:

Breakfast: 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Supper: 4 pm – 6:15 pm

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

If you are a friend or family member of an inpatient at Annapolis Valley Regional Hospital and would like to stay nearby overnight, you may want to check out the following accommodations:

Fidelis House Society
Valley Regional Hospital grounds
(902) 678-6567

Fidelis House Society is a volunteer non-profit group that provides a home-away-from-home for all patients and their families that require accommodations near the hospital. Overnight stays are available at a reasonable rate and children under 12 stay for free.