(Saint John)-Provincial Health Minister Madeleine Dubé. announcing this afternoon that the Saint John Regional Hospital will open a seventh operating room this fall.

Dubé  congratulated Horizon Health staff and physicians at the hospital for their careful budget management that has made it possible to open the seventh operating room within the existing budget.

Opening an additional operating room will improve surgical services by increasing access, decreasing patient wait-times and ensuring that surgical teaching and training can continue.

The new operating room is scheduled to open Oct. 1.