A regional cancer centre will be part of the new hospital in Surrey, the BC Government announced on Thursday.
“The cancer centre at the new Surrey Hospital will deliver high quality, comprehensive and compassionate cancer care services for patients and their families in their fast-growing community,” said BC Premier John Horgan during a press conference.
Services at the cancer centre are expected to include treatment, supportive care, research, education and innovative technologies, such as virtual health. The province said it will also “be a hub of excellence” for clinical and academic activities in order to attract top professionals.
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This will be BC’s seventh regional cancer centre, with existing centres in Surrey Memorial Hospital, as well as Abbotsford, Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria.
“The second Surrey hospital is not just a community hospital, it’s a state-of-the art, 21st-century centre for health care, which has now expanded to include cancer treatment services,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.
Surrey’s new hospital will be built in Cloverdale beside the Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus at 5500 180 St.
The business-plan phase, confirming project scope and budget for the facility, has been underway since December 2019 and is expected to be finalized by late 2020. The project will then proceed to procurement, followed by construction.
“A cancer diagnosis can be daunting and we want to provide patients with a seamless care journey so they can focus on getting well,” said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser Health president and chief executive officer.
“We’re excited to partner with BC Cancer on a third cancer centre for our growing region, as having cancer care and other health-care services in one location means patients will have easier access to a spectrum of timely care when they need it most.”