Peace Arch Hospital to go on temporary diversion for maternity patients

IN response to a temporary gap in pediatrician coverage at Peace Arch Hospital, Fraser Health is asking pregnant individuals requiring labour and delivery support to not proceed to the hospital during the period of July 8 to July 19.

Expectant individuals who have pre-existing plans to deliver at Peace Arch Hospital should attend Langley Memorial Hospital for their delivery. If they have any questions, they should contact their family physician and/or their midwife.

Fraser Health said it made the decision to implement this temporary diversion to ensure a high level of care for expecting individuals. During the diversion period, impacted patients will be notified directly by their physicians or midwives to discuss their birth plan and ensure their needs are met.

If they require urgent care, expecting individuals should proceed to the Emergency Department nearest to them. If the person believes they are having complications, they should call 9-1-1.

Temporary diversions are part of our regular operating procedure and are used when there is a gap in service coverage. They are intended to provide the best and safest care for patients at any time, using our extensive network of hospitals and health care services.

The temporary diversion does not impact other health care services at Peace Arch Hospital.

For information on pregnancy and our maternity hospitals, visit  www.fraserhealth.ca/pregnancy.

 

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