Second hospital, new cancer centre breaks ground in Surrey

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  • People in Surrey are a significant step closer to better access to
    health care as the Province is breaking ground on a new second
    hospital in Surrey and new cancer centre.

    “Surrey has been experiencing tremendous growth and people are
    struggling to get the health services they need while health-care
    workers are burning out,” said Premier David Eby. “We’re taking
    urgent action while carefully planning for the future. As we break
    ground on the new, state-of-the-art Surrey hospital and cancer centre,
    work continues on immediate actions to improve health services in the
    region, so everyone gets the timely, high-quality health care they
    need.”

    The second hospital in Surrey will bring 168 more hospital beds,
    including medical/surgical beds, high acuity beds and medical oncology
    beds, and a second emergency department for the community with 55
    treatment spaces and access to specialists through virtual
    technologies.

    It will include a surgical/perioperative suite with five operating rooms,
    four procedure rooms and virtual care options in all clinical service
    areas, such as virtual intake, emergency followups, outpatient clinics
    and pre- and post-surgical care, as well as robotics, wearable
    technology and smart beds.

    Fraser Health has executed a Design-Build Agreement with Ellis-Don
    Design Build Inc., which will be responsible for completing the design
    and construction of the new facility, making Surrey the first community
    in decades to get a second hospital.

    “The new Surrey hospital and cancer centre gives us a rare
    opportunity to build a net-new hospital and cancer centre that will add
    much-needed capacity for health-care services in the community,” said
    Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The facts are the people of the fast-
    growing Surrey community need a second hospital and they need it as
    soon as soon as possible. So, despite significant cost escalation due
    to inflation, supply-chain disruptions and labour shortages, we are
    moving forward to deliver the new state-of-the-art hospital and cancer
    centre.”

    Adding a second hospital in Surrey will also bring a large medical-
    imaging department, including three CT scanners and two MRI
    machines, as well as a pharmacy, a full-service laboratory that can
    perform biochemistry, hematology and transfusions, and academic
    spaces. As well, a dedicated area for spiritual care and family
    gatherings will support cultural diversity and spiritual practices.

    “The new hospital in Surrey will provide annual capacity for more than
    28,000 surgical procedures, 280,000 additional medical-imaging exams
    and 120,000 emergency department visits with the addition of a
    second emergency department to serve the community,” Dix said.

    In addition to building a second hospital in Surrey, the community will
    also have a BC Cancer Centre with a 50-room oncology ambulatory
    care unit. The new Surrey cancer centre will include 54 chemotherapy
    treatment spaces and room for six linear accelerators for radiation
    therapy to provide care and support for people diagnosed with cancer,
    two PET/CTs and a cyclotron. This new centre is expected to provide
    approximatley 105,000 ambulatory oncology care visits, 50,000
    radiation therapy visits and 22,000 chemotherapy visits each year.

    The cancer centre in Surrey is a part of B.C.’s 10-year B.C. cancer
    action plan, which outlines immediate steps to prevent, detect and
    treat cancers and deliver improved care for people facing cancer.

    A new stand-alone 49-space child care centre will be built to support
    on-site health-care professionals, making it one of the first health-care
    capital projects to include on-site child care services.

    “Today marks a significant milestone in our journey to build a new
    hospital that will truly transform the experience of hospital care. Our
    services are continuing to grow and evolve with our communities to be
    sustainable while reducing our environmental footprint,” said Dr.
    Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and CEO. “Leading B.C.’s first
    generation of smart hospitals, the new Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer
    Centre will embed data insights and new technologies into both the
    design of the facility and delivery of clinical care. This will empower a
    more patient- and family-centred experience and equip our staff and
    medical staff to deliver the highest quality care.”

    Government will continue working together with Fraser Health and
    other partners to further support health-care workers and the patients
    they care for now and into the future. This includes building a second
    medical school in Surrey, which will be the first entirely new medical
    school in Western Canada in 55 years. (news.gov.bc.ca)

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