Expansion to cover needs for decade or two, says hospital
Patients at the province’s busiest trauma centre will have a bit more legroom now that a 16-month expansion and upgrade project is complete, Vancouver General Hospital announced yesterday.
The expanded emergency wing, which cost $3.7 million to renovate, features six more beds — up from 22 beds — bigger rooms divided by glass walls instead of curtains, and a new state-of-the-art CT scanner, the only one in Canada.
Viviana Zanocco, senior media relations’ officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, said the more efficient space will improve patient care and reduce wait times.
“It’s brought (the ER) up to where it needs to be for the next decade or two, looking ahead to how the city has grown and how to accommodate the increased patient flow,” she said.
But New Democrat Health Critic Adrian Dix said the $3.5 million upgrade doesn’t compensate for the $37-million Vancouver Coastal Health is cutting to services.
“(The government) is not providing adequate funds for the health-care workers to provide the care,” he said, adding that this inevitably causes more congestion in emergency rooms.