Rendering of Surrey Memorial Hospital's new Emergency Department

Public to get sneak peek of new Surrey Memorial Hospital ER

Free parking Saturday as visitors get first glimpse inside big new facility

Canada’s second largest emergency department at Surrey Memorial Hospital is getting set to open and this Saturday visitors will get a sneak peek of the vast, complex facility.

At 57,000 square feet – five times the size of the current ER – it’s big enough to fit three NHL hockey rinks inside.

And the size is just the start of its superlatives and unique attributes.

Fraser Health officials say it will transform health care in Surrey when it opens Oct. 1.

For one thing, it’s really not one ER but two – a second dedicated pediatric emergency department is built into it with separate public entrances.

The idea is to separate kids from other patients, particularly the 8,000 adults a year who arrive who are mentally ill or addicted, so kids no longer have to face some of the sights and sounds of the adult ER.

Those adult patients will be triaged and escorted to a separate and calming Mental Health and Substance Use Zone for treatment, rather than being mixed in with other adults.

The child-friendly pediatric wing will have an entertainment centre, special low-glare lighting in treatment rooms, and isolation rooms for kids with infectious diseases.

The July 13 free tours run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free on Saturday – visitors are to enter at the southwest corner of 94A Avenue.

The bigger building also comes with 275 more staff and 3,750 new pieces of equipment, many of them being provided by the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Officials say the advanced new Emergency Department will help SMH attract more specialized ER professionals.

It’s all in anticipation of continued growth as Surrey’s population continues to rise.

Fraser Health projects the SMH ER, which now handles twice the number of patients it was built for, will hit 109,000 patient visits next year, including 8,000 with mental health or addiction issues.

Adult visits are projected to rise 30 per cent from 2010 levels by 2020 and climb a further 23 per cent by 2030.

The new ER is just part of the $512-million SMH redevelopment and expansion.

The rest of the project is slated for completion in 2014 and includes a new eight-storey critical care tower with 150 more inpatient beds, intensive care unit, academic space and perinatal centre.

Just Posted

Surrey reacts to policing plan getting the green light

Former mayor, councillors and residents weigh in on the Public Safety Minister approving the transition

POLL: Do you agree with the province’s decision to approve Surrey’s policing plan?

Cast your vote below and email your letters to the editor at edit@surreynowleader.com

Surrey Nights: ‘Sounds of Spain’ and more as VSO returns with five-concert series

Orchestra at Bell theatre with ‘A Traditional Christmas,’ too

Province approves Surrey’s plan to establish municipal police force

Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth gives green light to controversial plan

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

North Van music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man tells judge he attempted suicide a month before daughters’ murders

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Province funds new shuttle buses for 13 B.C. senior centres

Activity, socializing helps maintain health, Adrian Dix says

Thermal imaging cameras eye Salish Sea in hopes of better detecting whales

Cameras installed at BC Ferries’ terminal on Galiano Island, and off southern Gulf Islands

Two Vancouver police officers bitten, scratched after ‘violent’ arrest

Police will recommend charges against a 50-year-old man

North Delta happenings: week of Aug. 22

Events and community listings for North Delta

Most Read