Treating 50,000 patients a year in an ER originally built to accommodate 20,000 can be challenging to say the least. As the community of South Surrey/White Rock continues to expand (in the past 20 years, the population has increased by 55 per cent!), the space at Peace Arch Hospital will be stretched even further to meet the demand. The good news is that a redevelopment and expansion of the hospital’s emergency department is on track to begin this year. The business case is complete and has been approved by Fraser Health.
Plans include an emergency department that is almost three times the size of the current facility with a private triage area, dedicated ambulance entrance, significantly more treatment areas including specific pediatric and mental health spaces, isolation rooms and an improved layout and space configuration. In the meantime, all gifts and donations designated for the new ER are being accepted and will be held until construction gets underway early in 2016.