Thursday, August 29, 2013
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.
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
"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
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,
"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
"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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