Calling it a “great day for people in Surrey,” BC Premier John Horgan officially announced on Monday that a brand new, “state-of-the-art” second hospital will be built in the city.
The new hospital will be built in Cloverdale, beside the Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus at 5500 180 Street. It will have inpatient beds, an emergency department, operating rooms, laboratory and diagnostic services, and outpatient services.
The business-plan phase will now get underway and finalize details such as the project scope and budget for the new facility. Upon approval of the plan, the project will proceed to procurement followed by construction.
Community participation will take place in the months ahead for people to engage in the planning process.
“We are now all systems go for a second hospital in Surrey,” said BC Health Minister Adrian Dix.
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The government said the announcement comes amid a projected increase in outpatient visits in Surrey from approximately 296,000 in 2016-17 to around 423,000 in 2026-27. The province also noted that emergency room visits are expected to increase from approximately 153,000 in 2016-17 to around 221,000 in 2026-27. Finally, inpatient and outpatient surgeries are expected to increase from approximately 47,000 in 2016-17 to around 63,000 in 2026-27.
“Surrey is a fast-growing community and people will be able to count on better health care close to home for generations to come with the approval of this project,” said Horgan.