Written by Petra Pardy, Executive Director, Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz

While medication dispensing cabinets are installed in Fraser Canyon Hospital’s emergency department, BC’s Mobile Medical Unit will support emergency patient care.

Fraser Canyon Hospital is taking steps to further improve patient care and support our staff in the work they do by renovating the emergency department nursing station, and the medical inpatient unit’s medication room, to accommodate new medication dispensing cabinets called Omnicell.

These computerized drug storage units result in better patient care by reducing medication dispending errors, and ensuring medications, particularly narcotics, are safely stored and dispensed. To support this work, we have partnered with BC’s Mobile Medical Unit to provide an alternative emergency department during the renovation period.

The Mobile Medical Unit, a high-tech mobile health facility managed by Provincial Health Services Authority, arrived at the hospital on October 16 and will remain until renovations to the emergency department have been completed.

“Having the Mobile Medical Unit on-site allows our emergency department patients to continue being cared for in a safe and welcoming environment, away from the potential noise and disruption caused by the renovation,” said Catherine Wiebe, director of clinical operations at Fraser Canyon Hospital. “For our staff, it means being able to offer care and support to our patients in an environment that is similar to their everyday unit.”

The Mobile Medical Unit team hosted an open house today with Fraser Canyon Hospital staff and local stakeholders and over the coming days and weeks, will be on-site facilitating orientation to staff, physicians and clinicians who will be working in the unit throughout the deployment. Patient care will begin taking place on October 30.

Learn more about BC’s Mobile Medical Unit.

BC's Mobile Medical Unit: From trailer to hospital in 8 hours

Time lapse video courtesy of Provincial Health Services Authority

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