Submitted by Carrie Stefanson, senior consultant, Public Affairs

Construction is complete on the new Surgical Daycare and Eye Care Units at Peace Arch Hospital. The new areas are better designed to meet the needs of surgical patients and will offer an improved patient and staff experience.

As the main hospital for the communities of White Rock and South Surrey, Peace Arch Hospital provides a range of health care services including emergency, surgery, mental health care and maternity care. Surgeries not requiring an overnight visit are coordinated through Surgical Daycare, where our teams of health professionals including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, unit clerks, surgeons and anesthesiologists care for patients.

The new Surgical Daycare space has 12 patient bays – up from eight. It is conveniently located on the second floor of the acute care tower, next to the Operating Suite and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, eliminating the need to move patients from floor-to-floor for treatment.

Peace Arch Hospital Daycare

The new space is better designed to meet the needs of staff and patients with seamless transition through the surgical process.

New Eye Care Unit

The new Eye Care Unit has a dedicated ophthalmology procedure room with a pre and post-operative area for performing glaucoma surgery, cataract surgeries and other specialized eye procedures.

A ceiling-mounted Zeiss microscope is the centerpiece of the new ophthalmology procedure room, with enhanced illumination, high-definition video recording and a wireless footswitch. The state-of-the-art microscope includes a superior secondary scope for an ophthalmology assistant.

The optics of the new microscope are incredible,” says Dr. Mae Tam, ophthalmologist. “The sharper image quality allows us to see more during cataract, glaucoma, corneal and other specialized eye procedures.

“Because the new microscope allows for transfer of patient surgical information from our offices directly to the care team, we are able to more accurately treat patients with increased efficiency and thereby ultimately perform more surgeries,” says Dr. Michael Berman, ophthalmologist. “The ceiling mount and cordless nature of the microscope also increase operating room safety by eliminating tripping hazards for staff.”

The $350,000 microscope was funded by generous donors to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation.

“Our community has always been passionate about ensuring that Peace Arch Hospital has the equipment it needs to keep quality health care close to home,” says Stephanie Beck, executive director of Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. “With our beautiful new ophthalmology procedure room and the continued generosity of our donors, there’s now an even better future in sight!”

Ophthalmology Suite

“It’s important that Peace Arch Hospital has the space, equipment and services to meet the health needs of people living in White Rock and South Surrey,” says Cathy Wiebe, executive director, Delta and White Rock/South Surrey Health Services and Delta and Peace Arch hospitals. “I would like to thank our staff for working through several years of renovations so we can provide the best care possible. Also, it is through the efforts of the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation that we are able to equip our new Eye Care Unit with technology that not only improves patient care, but also helps in our recruiting efforts.

The new Surgical Daycare and Eye Care Unit are part of Fraser Health’s commitment across the region to modernize our health care network, build capacity and improve timely access to quality care closer to home. The new Surgical Daycare and Eye Care Unit align with the Peace Arch Hospital expansion project, and conclude the surgical renewal at Peace Arch Hospital.

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