White Rock’s Peace Arch Hospital is closing the maternity ward indefinitely, due to what it says is an “unexpected leave” at the facility.
As of January 28, Fraser Health is asking people who plan to give birth in the hospital to transfer to Langley Memorial Hospital for their deliveries.
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Patients will continue to be referred until the health authority is able to recruit a “full pool” of pediatricians at Peace Arch Hospital.
“Recruiting pediatricians to work in smaller hospitals, particularly those like Peace Arch Hospital that do not have pediatric units, can be a challenge as some pediatricians prefer to work in larger acute settings,” the health authority said in a media statement.
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“Fraser Health continues to work collaboratively with the Department of Health, our physician group, program leadership and staff to find long-term solutions to reduce future impact at Peace Arch Hospital, and ensure that pediatric services remain consistently available in the South Surrey-White rock community.”
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Fraser Health said the transfer will not affect any other services at the hospital.
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She added that people who expected to give birth at Peace Arch will still have the same caregivers they planned for, such as midwives and midwives, at Langley Hospital.
Last summer, Peace Arch Hospital was forced to shift patients from the maternity ward for 10 days due to a “temporary gap in pediatricians’ coverage”.
The hospital’s maternity clinic underwent a major renovation of $5.3 million in 2010, funded by Peace Arch Hospital and the Community Health Foundation through large-scale community fundraising.
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