The only time I spent as a patient at Surrey Memorial Hospital was way back on January 9th, 1980. Of course at the time I was only 7lbs, but I’m pretty thankful that SMH staff was there to bring me into this world, even though I was already pretty eager to enter it.
My brother, sister, niece, nephews and two cousins were all born there as well. I’ve taken loved ones to the emergency room, picked up post-op friends and visited new mothers. I know it’s not the best facility around, but it really should be.
There are two major issues regarding medical facilities in Surrey right now, the first being an emergency room expansion.
Its current ER â€“ the busiest in B.C. â€“ was designed to handle 44,000 visits a year but has instead been seeing close to 70,000 patients annually.
The new Emergency Centre will be triple the size of the current ER and will include a separate childrenâ€™s emergency room as well as a separate mental health and addictions area, an enhanced minor treatment unit, and an improved area for acute patients.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2008 with completion by 2010. [Surrey Leader]
Corporate donors and local businesses have helped raise a huge chunk of the $15 million still required to get the redevelopment and expansion moving, but this morning the SMH Foundation is launching an appeal for public support to raise the rest. A part of this is the “Tulips for Tomorrow” campaign which will see tulips planted in high-traffic areas of the City.
The second, more sensitive issue, is the building of the Surrey Outpatient Hospital. A new primary health care clinic and clinics for patients with chronic diseases… adjacent to Green Timbers Urban Forest.
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The building’s site at 140th Street and Fraser Highway is controversial, as it will destroy a forest meadow. But the outpatient hospital should help the health region that has suffered from a lack of resources…
…Outpatient facilities at Surrey Memorial handle 134,000 visits and perform 94,300 procedures annually. Both are beyond its capacity. By moving those facilities, Surrey Memorial should be better able to treat the heavy emergency, acute and surgical caseload. [The Province]
More beds, more care, more attention, less forest and meadow land. Talk about a catch 22. If only we could replace one of those huge lots set to “bring Yaletown to Whalley” with a medical facility I think we’d all be able to sleep better at night. But look at the bright side, at least they’re not proposing to bring in a giant animatronic tyrannosaurus rex to help raise funds for these causes.
If you would like to donate to the SMH Foundation, you can do so on their website. More details about the “Tulips for Tomorrow” campaign will follow.