British Columbia’s busiest hospital emergency department will re-open Monday, Dec. 3 at 8:00a.m. – two weeks after a ruptured water main flooded the emergency department and medical imaging areas resulting in the closure of these areas while restoration work was completed.
The Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC), which has been acting as on off-site emergency department for SMH, will close on Monday and patients will be directed back to Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH). Patients receiving care at the temporary UCC on Monday morning will be transferred to SMH throughout the day. Emergency-trained staff and physicians will remain at JPOCSC on Monday to ensure safe patient care for patients awaiting transfer.
BC Ambulance Service will return to its normal response pattern and people in the Surrey region needing emergency care will once again be brought to SMH.
The SMH Medical Imaging Department will also re-open on Monday with both CT scans and two X-ray suites. SMH’s MRI is still undergoing assessment and repairs and will not be functional for an undetermined period. Patients needing MRIs will continue to receive this service at JPOCSC.
Patients can be confident that they will receive safe, quality care at the re-opened SMH ED as restoration and equipment have passed all safety and infection control inspections.
Fraser Health would like to thank Surrey residents for their patience and understanding during the closure of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. We recognize the inconvenience for the residents of Surrey and neighbouring communities and want to acknowledge the outpouring of community support for our staff, physicians and volunteers during this time.