Three exciting announcements that will benefit the communities of Abbotsford, White Rock-South Surrey, and Burnaby for many years to come.
On Monday, government announced that Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre will receive a $15-million boost from the Province to expand the emergency department and add a dedicated area for mental health and substance use care. The project, which is expected to be completed by October 2019, includes a 668.9 square metre emergency department expansion to improve the flow and care of patients in the busy facility. A dedicated area for mental health and substance use patients will also be created to better care for these patients. The space will be adjacent to, but secured from, the rest of the emergency department. This will allow for crisis stabilization of patients who require immediate help but may not require inpatient admission. The expansion will also include improved space for trauma, cardiac care and acute care areas, enhancement to the emergency registration function to include an element of triage, renovations to the triage area, dedicated stretcher bays, creation of a nursing substation to manage ambulance offloads, and relocation of the ambulance bays to a space adjacent to the new expanded emergency department.
On Wednesday, the Province announced that they have approved the business plan and are moving forward with an expanded emergency department and surgical suite at Peace Arch Hospital. The expansion will add a surgical suite above the redeveloped emergency area, boosting the number of surgeries that will be able to be performed at the hospital. The surgical suite will benefit from the relocation and expansion of the medical device reprocessing department, allowing for improved access to sterilized surgical equipment used during surgeries. The expanded emergency department will double the number of treatment spaces to 50 from 24. It will include a separate pediatric treatment area, as well as a dedicated mental-health and substance-use space.
This morning, government announced that they have approved the concept plan for the redevelopment of key facilities as a part of the Burnaby Hospital renewal, as well as a project to improve mental health and substance use services in the current emergency department in the short term, and consolidation of community health services. Work on the business plan – the next step in the process for the redevelopment project – is slated to begin in spring 2017. In addition to the concept plan for Burnaby Hospital renewal, the Province has also approved a new emergency mental health and substance use zone within the emergency department, as well as consolidation of community health services. This project will begin immediately to ensure the current emergency department meets needs for mental health and substance use services. It is expected to be complete by 2020.