Burnaby Hospital introduces new patient zone for mental health

Jan 8 2020, 3:02 pm

Burnaby Hospital has introduced a new patient zone to improve support for individuals with mental health or substance abuse concerns.

In a release, Fraser Health says specialized care at the hospital will now be provided in a “calm, therapeutic space, separate from the fast-paced emergency department.

The mental health and substance use zone will feature a separate entrance from the main emergency ward, a seclusion room, confidential assessment rooms, and a nourishment centre with food and shower facilities in order to prioritize patient comfort and privacy.

According to Adrian Dix, BC Minister of Health, the new zone will also include the addition of 12 staff.

“The improvements today will provide better, more thoughtful care for patients,” said Dix in a release.

“For people in Burnaby, this means more specialized services now as we proceed on our path forward to redevelop Burnaby Hospital into a state-of-the-art facility with our government’s $1.3 billion investment.”

The hospital’s redevelopment plan is set to begin in 2021 with a new six-storey, 11,858 square-metre, 78-bed, patient-care tower.

Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, and Surrey Memorial Hospital also deliver specialized mental health and substance abuse care.