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New germ disinfection pods allow Fraser Health hospitals to disinfect equipment with UV light. (Fraser Health photo)

Robots using UV light to kill viruses and bacteria in Fraser Valley hospitals

Robots can disinfect rooms in as fast as 20 minutes and have done nearly 62,000 rooms in 21 months

  • Aug 29, 2022

 

Randy “Elvis” Friskie, shown here perfoming in 2018, says he is on his deathbed on a cot in a hallway at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

Elvis impersonator says he is on deathbed in hallway at a B.C. hospital

‘No dignity in it whatsoever,’ says Randy Friskie, who has liver disease

 

High heat is on the way, and there are ways to keep cool and safe, says Fraser Health. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

VIDEO: Know how to keep cool, help others, in the coming heat wave, says Fraser Health

With temperatures about to soar in the Vancouver and Fraser Valley area, there are ways to keep cool

High heat is on the way, and there are ways to keep cool and safe, says Fraser Health. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
A BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES)

New Fraser Health study looks at links between ER opioid prescriptions and overdoses

Counselling could help patients who are injured and at risk of overdose from opioids

A BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES)
Housekeeping services workers at 18 Fraser Health sites — including Delta Hospital, Mountain View Manor and the Irene Thomas Hospice — will shift back to direct employment by the health authority in July, almost 20 years after the service they provide was contracted out to private companies. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Fraser Health bringing housekeeping services at Delta Hospital in-house

474 housekeeping services workers at 18 sites will become Fraser Health Authority employees in July

Housekeeping services workers at 18 Fraser Health sites — including Delta Hospital, Mountain View Manor and the Irene Thomas Hospice — will shift back to direct employment by the health authority in July, almost 20 years after the service they provide was contracted out to private companies. (Grace Kennedy photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Brand new B.C. primary care centre can’t find doctors to staff it

The clinic opened in May, but the province and Fraser Health can’t find people to work there

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Fraser Health is warning of of “increased risk of overdose’ from opioids from both injection and inhalation after “high levels of benzodiazepines” being found in different samples being sold in Surrey. Pictured, an injection of naloxone. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Fraser Health warns of ‘increased risk of overdose’ from opioids in Surrey

Health authority says ‘high levels of benzodiazepines’ found in different samples being sold

Fraser Health is warning of of “increased risk of overdose’ from opioids from both injection and inhalation after “high levels of benzodiazepines” being found in different samples being sold in Surrey. Pictured, an injection of naloxone. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Tom Holland and Linda Perkins say they feel they can make a real difference as 'patient partners' at Peace Arch Hospital – but more community volunteers are needed to help provide patient perspective in decision-making. Contributed photo

Peace Arch Hospital seeks ‘patient partner’ volunteers

Advisory program ‘decimated by COVID’ is up and running again

Tom Holland and Linda Perkins say they feel they can make a real difference as 'patient partners' at Peace Arch Hospital – but more community volunteers are needed to help provide patient perspective in decision-making. Contributed photo
From left: SafePoint’s Hyeth Manlosa, Ian Fraser, and Megan White. After five years in operation, SafePoint staff have reversed 2,845 drug poisonings, according to Fraser Health. (Photo submitted)

SafePoint safe consumption site marks five years of ‘truly saving lives’ in Surrey

Facility has seen 300,000 visits from 3,533 people, with 2,845 drug poisonings reversed

From left: SafePoint’s Hyeth Manlosa, Ian Fraser, and Megan White. After five years in operation, SafePoint staff have reversed 2,845 drug poisonings, according to Fraser Health. (Photo submitted)
A cart-wash station is among new technology added to Peace Arch Hospital’s medical device reprocessing unit, which was expanded during the hospital’s recently completed improvements. (Fraser Health Authority photo)

‘Heart’ of White Rock’s Peace Arch Hospital moving to faster, more efficient beat

Medical-device reprocessing department manager lauds upgrades to behind-the-scenes operation

A cart-wash station is among new technology added to Peace Arch Hospital’s medical device reprocessing unit, which was expanded during the hospital’s recently completed improvements. (Fraser Health Authority photo)
Dr. Festus Kwakye, a fellow of retinal surgeon Dr. Steve Levasseur, demonstrating B.C.’s first digitally assisted 3D visualization eye surgery technology. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

With a ‘55-inch viewing system,’ eye surgery at Surrey Memorial gets a 3D boost

Surrey is the home of the province’s busiest vitreoretinal surgery team

Dr. Festus Kwakye, a fellow of retinal surgeon Dr. Steve Levasseur, demonstrating B.C.’s first digitally assisted 3D visualization eye surgery technology. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Staff at the Mission Maternity Clinic post a sign to the window announcing the closure. Patrick Penner / Mission Record

Fraser Valley maternity clinic closure a symptom of B.C.’s physician deficit

Unable to recruit new doctors, Mission clinic no longer accepting patients as of April 1

Staff at the Mission Maternity Clinic post a sign to the window announcing the closure. Patrick Penner / Mission Record
Dr. Teresa Cheung, a researcher with SFU’s ImageTech Lab at Surrey Memorial Hospital. (Submitted photo: Fraser Health)

Autism research at Surrey Memorial Hospital gets $1M boost

Funding is for a collaboration between Simon Fraser University, Fraser Health and others

Dr. Teresa Cheung, a researcher with SFU’s ImageTech Lab at Surrey Memorial Hospital. (Submitted photo: Fraser Health)
Therapy dog Sophie with her owner Barbara at the Abbotsford COVID-19 Immunization Clinic. (St. John Ambulance photo)

St. John Ambulance Therapy dogs soothe nerves while working at Abbotsford COVID clinic

Wagging tails and puppy kisses greet visitors and staff at Fraser Health immunization clinic

Therapy dog Sophie with her owner Barbara at the Abbotsford COVID-19 Immunization Clinic. (St. John Ambulance photo)
Surrey resident Sue L’Heureux was serious ill with COVID-19 in January, when she was signed up for Fraser Health’s Home Health Monitoring Team. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

When ill with COVID and scared, Surrey woman welcomed help of Home Health Monitoring Team

‘If I didn’t have that daily call, I would have been a basket-case,’ Whalley resident recalled

Surrey resident Sue L’Heureux was serious ill with COVID-19 in January, when she was signed up for Fraser Health’s Home Health Monitoring Team. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix announces the beginning of expansion work at Peace Arch Hospital during a January 2019 press conference. On Friday (Feb. 4) just over three years later, the province announced the work, costing $91.05 million, is complete. (Nick Greenizan photo)

Expansion of Peace Arch Hospital emergency ward, surgical suites now complete

Improvements, first announced in 2015, cost just over $91 million to carry out

B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix announces the beginning of expansion work at Peace Arch Hospital during a January 2019 press conference. On Friday (Feb. 4) just over three years later, the province announced the work, costing $91.05 million, is complete. (Nick Greenizan photo)
Peace Arch Hospital. (Aaron Hinks photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at Peace Arch Hospital over: Fraser Health

Outbreak at PAH’s Foundation Lodge first announced Jan. 7

  • Jan 31, 2022
Peace Arch Hospital. (Aaron Hinks photo)
A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Head of Peace Arch Hospital maternity ward ‘optimistic’ about department’s stability

Fraser Health reversed decision to temporarily close ward amid community backlash

A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Expectant mother Jenny Bray said her carefully made birth plans are now up in the air, after Fraser Health announced on Friday that it will close Peace Arch Hospital’s maternity department for three months, beginning Jan. 28. The ministry of health said women will be diverted to Langley Memorial Hospital for delivery instead. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Fraser Health decision to close Peace Arch Hospital maternity widely criticized

Expectant mother, Jenny Bray, among many left to find alternative solution

Expectant mother Jenny Bray said her carefully made birth plans are now up in the air, after Fraser Health announced on Friday that it will close Peace Arch Hospital’s maternity department for three months, beginning Jan. 28. The ministry of health said women will be diverted to Langley Memorial Hospital for delivery instead. (Aaron Hinks photo)
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