Thursday, August 29, 2013

Health News

'Family-Centered Health'

Pediatric-only ER opens at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Released by Fraser Health Authority/Photos courtesy of Nafisa Abdulla


One of the children's emergency rooms at Surrey Memorial Hospital.


n 2012, about 18,000 children were treated in Surrey Memorial Hospital's (SMH) emergency department (ED). Because of this patient volume, SMH's new ED, opening in October, will include a separate, kids-only pediatric emergency department to serve families living in the Fraser Health region.


Foundation and Child Health BC, whose lead benefactor is Save on Foods (Overwaitea Food Group). The new emergency and pediatric emergency Department will open October 1, 2013. The rest of the tower is planned to open in June 2014.

"It can be a very anxious time for families when a child has to be in hospital. The new pediatric emergency department at Surrey Memorial Hospital will offer everything from a new family-centred approach so parents are more involved in care and decision making, to child-friendly treatment rooms with TVs and bedside tables that have erasable tops for kids to draw on, making the experience less stressful," said Terry Lake, Minister of Health in a release on Wednesday.

"Fraser Health is proud to have one of only two pediatric emergencies in BC. Surrey Memorial Hospital is one of Canada's busiest emergency departments and now with a separate Pediatric Emergency, our young patients will receive the care they need, by a team of dedicated physicians and nurses in a brand new state-of-the-art facility," explained Dr. Nigel Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Health.

"As an Emergency Physician at Surrey Memorial Hospital, I have seen many patients come through our doors," said Dr. Wade Sabados, Emergency Physician, Surrey Memorial Hospital. "With the new Pediatric Emergency, we will now have the space, technology and tools to provide our pediatric patients and their families with the care they need and deserve."

Jane Adams, President and CEO, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation thanked people and organizations who donated to the new unit.

"Our donors understand the importance of providing their families with access to specialized emergency care closer to home. They were excited by Fraser health's plan to create a separate children's emergency department at Surrey Memorial Hospital, and many chose to support this new resource during our Emergency campaign," said Adams.

"Child Health BC is pleased to collaborate with Fraser Health and Surrey Memorial Hospital to support improved access to pediatric emergency services for children and youth within the Fraser Health region," said Maureen O'Donnell, Executive Director Child Health BC. "Working together to support better health and health services for children and youth is our common goal."




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