Following the purchase of the site for a new, state-of-the-art facility, the project is moving to the business-planning phase.
Surrey’s new hospital will be built in Cloverdale beside the Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus at 5500 180 St.
“This is a great day for people in Surrey as we are delivering a new hospital in the community,” said Premier John Horgan. “Surrey is a fast-growing community and people will be able to count on better health care close to home for generations to come with the approval of this project.”
The new Surrey hospital will have inpatient beds, an emergency department, operating rooms, laboratory and diagnostic services, and outpatient services.
“We are now all systems go for a second hospital in Surrey,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The Premier promised the City of Surrey a new hospital and today, we are delivering on that promise. This is a key commitment to help meet the health-care needs of Surrey’s rapidly growing community.”
The business-plan phase will now get underway and finalize details such as the project scope and budget for the new facility. Upon approval of the business plan, the project will proceed to procurement and then construction. Community participation will take place in the months ahead for people to engage in the planning process.
Concept planning is an important part of the process for planning a new hospital. It’s an opportunity to make sure the new facility meets community needs and future demands. The plan outlines a high-level vision, providing a framework for projected health services and infrastructure.
This hospital is part of work underway to deliver comprehensive health services for people in Surrey, including a new urgent and primary care centre, a new mental health and substance use urgent care response centre, and a second MRI machine at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.
Provincewide, thousands more MRI tests are being performed each year through the Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Strategy. People are accessing team-based health care with the launch of new local primary care networks and the announcement of 14 urgent and primary care centres, 12 of which are already open.
All new hospitals in B.C. are planned to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard.
The second Surrey hospital is one of 13 major health capital projects announced under this government.
As the second-largest city in British Columbia, Surrey is on pace to overtake Vancouver as the most populous city in the province by 2041.
Clinic outpatient visits in Surrey are expected to increase from approximately 296,000 in 2016-17 to around 423,000 in 2026-27. Emergency room visits in Surrey are expected to increase from approximately 153,000 in 2016-17 to around 221,000 in 2026-27. Inpatient and outpatient surgeries in Surrey are expected to increase from approximately 47,000 in 2016-17 to around 63,000 in 2026-27.