As construction continues on the new Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital, equipment is starting to arrive on Haida Gwaii.
A majority of the equipment is being housed in a storage facility until it is time to install it in the new hospital; however some of it is being put into use already. The portable x-ray machine in the current facility started to malfunction, and the order date on the new portable x-ray ordered for the hospital project was put on a rush to be used early. This means patients are able to receive certain types of X-rays in their rooms instead of having to move into another room. The portable X-ray machine went into service last month.
“We know the new Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital project will be a great benefit to patients on the islands, and we’re happy to see the equipment destined for the new facility is already in use and meeting the needs of patients,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Once complete, this project will improve care for patients on Haida Gwaii and is an important part of our rural health care strategy to provide all residents of northern B.C. with access to high quality health care services.”
Other new equipment that has arrived or will arrive for use in the new facility include a stationary X-ray machine and laboratory equipment.
“The new facility is progressing well, and our board has really enjoyed watching the progress of the project,” said Harry Nyce, North West Regional Hospital District Chair. “We recognize that major capital projects take a lot of coordination and are complex, and we continue to support Northern Health in their leadership with this work.”
Progress continues on the new hospital, with a majority of the work completed on the first level which includes the physician offices and other public health services. Construction crews are making progress on the interior of the second level.
“The project continues to progress towards an opening date later this year, and we continue to work with Bouygues Building Canada,” said Michael Melia, Northern Health’s Haida Gwaii Prince Rupert Health Services Administrator. “I would like to thank physicians and our staff for continuing to provide high quality services in our current hospital while construction occurs on the same site. I know they’re excited to move into the facility as it will enhance their work site.”
The project began with clearing of rock and soil on the site in late 2013. There was over 2,200 cubic meters of top soil and rock taken from the site. The new hospital is being built around the current facility that is still in operation. As the project site is tight, Bouygues Building Canada brought in a crane to help with the construction of the building structure. After the facility was fully enclosed, the crane has been removed from the site. The materials for the project have been delivered to Haida Gwaii on barges and by ferry.
The hospital will have eight acute-care beds, a labour, delivery and recovery suite, a home and community care wing with eight residential-care beds, a primary care centre, and space for diagnostic imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services.
The total value of the replacement hospital is $50 million
and the funding will be cost-shared by the province and the North West Regional Hospital District. Bouygues Building Canada and Perkins + Will are working collaboratively to build the new Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital.
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