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Written by Cathie Heritage, Executive Director, Regional Hospitals, Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre

Fraser Health contributes to leading-edge care for emerging and rare diseases and to help guard global public health.

Surrey Memorial Hospital has been selected as the site of British Columbia’s permanent Biocontainment Treatment Centre. This is an important opportunity for Fraser Health to contribute to leading-edge care for emerging and rare diseases and to help guard global public health.

Surrey Memorial Hospital developed expertise in the area of rare or emerging disease management during the 2014 Ebola preparedness planning exercise. The B.C. Biocontainment Treatment Centre is a Ministry of Health initiative to ensure the temporary unit that was established at that time will be sustained in the future. We are confident that the work we completed then, in addition to the detailed planning we are currently undertaking, will ensure our state of readiness on behalf of the population we serve.

The Centre will care for any child or adult in British Columbia who is suspected or confirmed to have an illness caused by a rare or emerging pathogen requiring biocontainment. Our care teams will be supported to ensure they are well-equipped and highly trained. Beginning in 2019, the Centre will serve as a training hub to share knowledge across health care systems.

The Biocontainment Treatment Unit will be staffed with a small number of full time positions. These positions are in the process of being posted. We will be inviting up to 100 additional health care workers, on a voluntary basis, to be seconded to the team should activation of the unit be required. Wages and training costs will be fully covered. Please watch your email in the coming weeks for more information.

We encourage you to visit our FH Pulse pages for more information about Fraser Health’s rare pathogens planning and details on proper use of employee personal protective gear. If you have further questions please email them to BiocontainmentTreatmentCentre@fraserhealth.ca.


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