A letter-writer suggests federal and provincial governments should take action to increase the number of beds at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Pressure government for more beds

I would like to comment on the many letters regarding the treatment and the lack of hospital beds at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

This isn’t something new.

A city of 500,000 people needs at least 2,000 beds to provide service and care to its residents. I know this, as I have worked in the system.

When I lived in Calgary in the late 1970’s, there were 2,500 beds serving a population of 550,000 residents.

Someone needs to take action with both the federal and provincial governments – that would be our locally elected federal and provincial politicians.

Ron Watson



‘Marvellous service’ at SMH


I just want to say what marvellous service we received recently from Surrey Memorial Hospital, ambulance, police and firemen.

Our one and only great granddaughter died at four months (crib death). Police escorted us to the hospital, the social worker was wonderful. After doing everything to revive her, the doctor reported.

We were allowed into the room to see her with no time restraint.

I hear so much complaining about all our city services that I wanted to state our complete appreciation. Nothing could have been done better.

Art Coombes


Surrey North Delta Leader

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