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Surrey to get second hospital as health care needs boom

Last Updated Dec 9, 2019 at 11:48 am PDT

The location of the new Surrey hospital. (Source: News.gov.bc.ca)
Summary

B.C. Premier John Horgan announced Monday a second hospital will be built in Surrey

It will have inpatient beds, an emergency department, operating rooms, outpatient services, lab and diagnostic services

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The fast-growing city of Surrey is getting a second hospital. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement on Monday, saying the new facility will be built in the community of Cloverdale.

Dix says the hospital, which residents have been demanding for years, is a key commitment to help meet the health care needs of Surrey’s rapidly growing community.

“The premier promised the City of Surrey a new hospital and today, we are delivering on that promise,” Dix said at the announcement.

It will have inpatient beds, an emergency department, operating rooms, outpatient services, and lab and diagnostic services.

Dix says the next phase of the project will now get underway to finalize details of the project’s scope and budget.

“All that work begins in something called a business plan, which starts now, which usually takes 12 to 18 months, but I’m going to weigh down more on the 12 than the 18.”

The facility will be built right by Kwantlen Polytechnic, and Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum says it’s a welcome addition to the community.

“Health care is so important to all of our residents, and all our residents throughout B.C., because without health care you can’t do too much around,” he says.

Surrey is the second-largest city in B.C. and is on track to overtake Vancouver as the most populous city by 2041.