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Business plan approved for surgical space upgrade in Vancouver

Business plan approved for surgical space upgrade in Vancouver
PROVINCE OF B.C.—A medical professional takes a call at Vancouver General Hospital.

VANCOVUER—Vancouver patients waiting for surgery are one step closer to getting help.

The province announced it has approved a business plan for the second phase of expansion at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). The project will add 13 new operating rooms (ORs) and 39 new perioperative patient bays.

The first phase wrapped up in May 2021 when the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre at VGH opened with 16 state-of-the-art ORs and a 40-bay pre-operative and post-operative recovery area. After the expansion, the suite will have a total of 30 ORs and 79 perioperative bays, as well as upgraded infrastructure, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing.

“We know how important it is for people to have timely access to surgical care, not only now, while COVID-19 is having an impact, but in the years ahead,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health, in a statement. “The expansion at VGH is expected to increase the number of surgeries performed from the current 14,000 per year to more than 18,000 per year, for an increase of 4,000 surgeries annually.”

The 13 modern ORs will be equipped with the latest life-saving medical technology. A larger, universal design will enable surgical teams to perform any surgery in any room, maximizing efficiency. They will also continue to meet the enhanced infection controls that have been put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the province, the older section of the VGH operating room suite is outdated and lacks proper space. The new 39-bed consolidated pre- and post-operative unit will support the new ORs by providing more space for patients, care teams and necessary equipment, and will improve the continuity of patient care.

The $332 million project is planned for completion in 2028. The cost is being shared between the provincial government and the VGH and Hospital Foundation.


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