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Surrey Memorial Hospital Expansion and Redevelopment

An eight-storey critical care tower and new emergency department

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Critical Care Tower Opens June 2014

To meet the demands of Surrey’s growing population, Surrey Memorial Hospital is undergoing a $512 million expansion, one of British Columbia’s largest ever capital investments in health care. This includes an 8-storey Critical Care Tower, opening June 2014, a new Emergency and Pediatric Emergency which opened October 2013, plus renovations to existing parts of the campus until 2016.

In total, 151 beds are being added, expanding the Hospital’s capacity by 30%.

A Pediatric Centre of Excellence

Surrey Memorial Hospital is aiming to be a pediatric centre of excellence in the Fraser region. Alongside the now operating Pediatric Emergency Department, the Critical Care Tower will have an expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which has doubled to 48 beds, each in its own room with extra space for parents to stay overnight. The NICU will include a pediatric pharmacy that will prepare medication for all young patients in the hospital and Canada’s first in-hospital Ronald McDonald Family Room to accommodate families while their children are hospitalized.

A UBC School of Medicine

Research shows doctors often stay where they train. Surrey’s Critical Care Tower will include a satellite University of British Columbia School of Medicine used to educate, train and attract future doctors.

More beds for adult critical care

The new Critical Care Tower includes a rooftop helipad, an expanded Laboratory, and 4 more floors of beds for adult patients requiring critical care .

Emergency is now open

Surrey Memorial’s new Emergency and Pediatric Emergency are now open on the west side of the campus, in Level 1 of the Critical Care Tower.

It’s Canada’s second largest Emergency. It has one of only 2 Pediatric Emergencies in BC. There’s a separate Mental Health and Substance Use Zone for adults, plus an embedded Satellite Medical Imaging Unit.


To help ease congestion and provide MORE efficient care, it has 5 times MORE space, MORE than 100 private patient rooms, MORE state-of-the-art technology, and 270 MORE staff. It’s the size of 3 NHL hockey rinks and includes over 4,700 pieces of new equipment.

Patient-centred care

Patient-centred design and care have been the guiding principles throughout. Treatment rooms have walls and windows for more patient privacy. Cherry blossoms are on the CT Scan ceiling to keep patients calm. Doors open with the wave of hand for better hand hygiene. Twelve isolation rooms each have their own air flow and private washrooms to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. These are just a few of the ways we’ve focused on our patients.

New campus access, lobby, and entrance too

Opening at the same time as Emergency were new campus access routes, a new Main Entrance with Lobby, and a new underground parkade.

It’s Wowsome!

Members of the public who toured it called it Wowsome. Impressive. Awesome. Mind-boggling. And a shining example for all Hospitals. It’s been over 6 years in the making, and its open now in Surrey.

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