Health Care Announcements a Win for Surrey

Today, Minister Adrian Dix announced significant investments for Surrey Memorial Hospital. These announcements come after extensive work in collaboration with Fraser Health, the Ministry of Health, and Surrey Memorial Hospital physicians and their teams.

“Since our Surrey Health Care policy paper was released in early March, there have been vocal calls for investments in staffing and infrastructure to address decades of insufficient health care investments in what will be BC’s largest city,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “It took great courage in two weeks of meetings to come to short-, medium- and long-term implementation plans. This is only the beginning of what needs to be done and is a step in the right direction for Surrey’s workforce.”

Some of the announcements for the expansion of Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) include:

·      Improving and increasing capacity for orientation and adaptation care, surgeries and clinical care

·      Opening a triage unit in the emergency department

·      Introducing an interdisciplinary team for child and youth mental health for emergency care and increased staffing for the pediatric emergency department

·      Building out internal medicine teaching units to support recruitment

·      Increasing capacity to discharge patients

·      Funding for clinical associates, associate physicians, and nurse practitioners

·      A refreshed clinical service plan for the Surrey-Delta region focusing on renal services within 18 months

·      Adding a second radiology suite in SMH

·      Adding two cardiology catheterization labs at SMH

·      Adding net new MRI/CT machines with cardiac capabilities and access to diagnostic services

·      Completing renovations of operation rooms

·      Expanding outpatient, home health, clinical social work, physiotherapy, and respiratory services




Anita Huberman,