Some long-awaited major upgrades are coming to the Burnaby Hospital. According to the B.C. government, the Burnaby Hospital will receive over $1 billion that will be used for redevelopment including two new patient-care towers. This is the facility's first major redevelopment in several decades.
According to the provincial government, the new $1.3 billion development will be among the provinces largest ever health care investments and will impact every part of the already existing campus.
As part of the upgrade, two new patient-care towers with new wards and opening rooms will be developed alongside 400 beds, a bigger emergency department and a new cancer treatment centre. The last big upgrade to take place at the Burnaby Hospital was over 40 years ago.
According to a press release by the B.C. government, the development will begin with a new six-story, 11,858 square-metre, 78-bed, patient care owner. This tower will include an upgraded mental health and substance use inpatient unit, as well as a new maternity ward.
This tower is expected to open in 2023 with construction beginning in 2021.
The redevelopment will also include upgrading the support facilities building on campus, creating a larger emergency department, increasing the number of treatment bays from 47 to 62, and adding a new medical divide reprocessing unit.
Four new operating rooms will be added, increasing the total to nine, as well as 18 new pre-operative and post-operative recovery spaces. This is all expected to be completed by 2024.
The second part of the tower will have 160 new beds and an up to date cancer treatment centre. This is expected to open by 2027 with construction beginning in 2024.
The Burnaby Hospital first opened in 1952. It is now the province's third-largest city after Vancouver and Surrey so the need for an upgrade is great.
By 2036, patient care is expected to increase by 60%. Right now, there are around 70,000 annual visits to the 285-bed facility.