Imagine a busy maternity assessment and treatment area that sees more than 12,000 patients each year.
Now imagine that in a space similar to an emergency room, built before many of those women were even born. Time for an update - and not only for aesthetics!
In the decades since BC Women's labour and delivery area was initially built in 1982, not only have medical advances and technology evolved, but so too has our understanding of patient centred-care. Welcoming environments that protect privacy, with comfortable space for loved ones, better support patients and staff - it's all about quality care. And that's why we're very excited that our new Urgent Care Centre is now open.
Here, women who are pregnant to six weeks post-birth who need care arrive for triage, assessment and admissions and she will be cared for within a quieter, more private and welcoming space. The entire area gives both privacy to patients, while enabling interdisciplinary collaboration.
Currently half of the planned patient rooms are operational. When fully complete the Urgent Care Centre will have:
- 10 large private single-patient rooms with designated space for a family member or support person
- Private patient washrooms
- Redesigned clinical and patient areas to improve line-of-sight and flow of patients and care providers
- Large team care centre and private providers area to ensure inter-professional consults and interdisciplinary work
- Improved hospital entry and wayfinding
- Improved infection control with dedicated infection isolation rooms
Having a baby is exciting and challenging for women, and their loved ones. Our new Urgent Care Centre, thanks to the input of patients, their families and medical staff, is a wonderful space to support women's maternity care. Tell us what you think - post a tweet and tag @BCWomensHosp