Richmond Hospital expansion to add new emergency department

3 July 2020 (Last Updated July 3rd, 2020 14:31)

The expansion of Richmond Hospital in British Columbia, Canada is set to add a new emergency department, along with an intensive care unit to bring more services to people.

Richmond Hospital expansion to add new emergency department
It is expected that the expansion will address the critical needs and shortages of Richmond Hospital’s North Tower. Credit: BC Government/Flickr.

The expansion of Richmond Hospital in British Columbia, Canada is set to add a new emergency department, along with an intensive care unit to bring more services to people.

Set to feature a double floor space, the new emergency department will be part of the facilities and services being added to the new nine-floor tower. The tower will also see a new medical imaging department, intensive care unit and pharmacy.

In addition, the hospital will renovate its existing South Tower to build new inpatient psychiatry and psychiatric emergency units.

Minister of Health Adrian Dix said: “During the business planning stage, it became clear that the fast-growing community of Richmond needs a bigger patient care tower with more services.

“The renewed and expanded concept plan reflects our government’s ongoing commitment to the people who live and work here, ensuring that timely, quality public health care will be there for them, now and into the future.”

The initial plan for the acute care tower was approved in March 2018, while a detailed plan for the expansion is ongoing. Expected to complete in September this year, the business planning will be followed by procurement and construction.

It is expected that the expansion will address the critical needs and shortages of Richmond Hospital’s North Tower, including old patient-care delivery areas.

The six-storey North Tower has 108 beds, as well as surgical suites, in-patient units,  mammography clinic, cancer care, medical imaging and pharmacy.

Richmond Hospital, which opened in 1966, houses a total of 240 beds and caters to Richmond, South Vancouver and Delta, along with people using Vancouver International Airport and BC Ferries.