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Diagnostics Lab & Imagining

The Diagnostic Imaging Department provides services in CT scans, x-ray, ultrasound, EKG, and cardiac stress testing.  The department is on the main floor of the hospital and provides services 24 hours a day for emergency and inpatient procedures.


The Foundation, with support of donations made to the dialysis unit, has provided many comfort items for the patients who come to the Portage District General Hospital dialysis unit to receive their life sustaining hemodialysis treatments.

Patient’s average length of stay in the unit is four and a half to five hours, three times a week.

The Portage District General Hospital has 9 dialysis stations and runs 6 days per week.


The Portage District General Hospital is open 24 hours a day and is fortunate to have a physician “on site” at all times.  The physician will examine clients in sequence from the most urgently ill clients to the least urgently ill clients.   The Emergency department sees 28,000 annually with 4000 being pediatrics.

The Emergency Room was expanded and renovated in 2007. The Foundation provided $100,000 to purchases needed equipment and furnishings for the new space.


The obstetrically unit has 3 private LDRP (labour, delivery, recovery, postpartum) rooms available.
Just under 300 babies are born at The Portage District General Hospital annually.
PDGH always encourages rooming-in with the new baby as this will help the mother establish the family bond and feed the baby as required.

PDGH offers several options for pain management during labour and these can be reviewed with the doctor prior to coming to deliver the baby.

Prenatal classes are offered by the Public Health Nurses to couples.

Our maternity unit is next to the surgical unit and has the capability to do an emergency Caesarean section.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care helps make the transition from life to death more manageable and meaningful for the person facing death, as well as their family members and friends. It focuses on comfort and quality of life, but also on living, through control of pain and other symptoms, support of emotional, spiritual and cultural needs, and the maximizing of function.

The Palliative Care Program includes a team of people such as nurses, physicians, volunteers, social workers, home care workers, pharmacy technicians and other means of support as needed.

Palliative Care offers the following services: Bereavement/psychosocial/family support, pain and symptom management, access to palliative care drug program, home oxygen program, and additional supports within the home or hospital setting.

There are no costs to the patient to be enrolled in the program.

Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services is a regional program responsible for the delivery of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology services to Southern Health Santé Sud. Portage District General Hospital serves as one of three regional bases for the coordination and delivery of services.

Rehab Services provides services to inpatients and outpatients at Portage District General Hospital.  Outpatient programming at Portage District General Hospital outpatient includes services for preschool pediatric clients.


Physiotherapists assess, treat and provide education for a variety of problems related to injury, physical illness or long term disability.  The Physiotherapist uses a variety of treatment techniques and physical modalities to assist individuals in achieving their most independent level of functioning.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists strive to promote, maintain and improve the function and independence of clients to maximize their quality of life.  The Occupational Therapist uses goal directed activities in the assessment and treatment of people who are experiencing a change in their daily functioning related to an injury, physical or mental illness or long term disability.

Speech Pathology

Speech-Language Pathologists that serve Portage District General Hospital deal with the prevention, identification, diagnosis and rehabilitation of preschool children and adults with speech, language, voice and swallowing impairments.


The audiologist provides hearing assessments and, together with other professionals, designs and implements programs of auditory rehabilitation.  Referrals come from various sources, such as physicians, parents, schools and speech-language pathologists.  Priority is given to children and adults with special concerns, such as upcoming ear surgery.  The audiologist also participates in pre-school wellness screenings.