BC Women's UCC construction starts off with a bang

Renovations to update and expand the BC Women's Hospital Assessment Room and transform it into the new Urgent Care Centre (UCC) are underway.

Photo above: Pauline Fleming, RN swings hammer at the UCC construction kickoff event. 

The BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Assessment Room is undergoing a transformation. 

As one of the largest maternity hospitals in Canada, BC Women’s sees thousands of women every year, many of whom first arrive in the Assessment Room. The current Assessment Room is one of the busiest areas of the hospital, seeing between 12,000-13,000 patients who require triage, assessment, admission and treatment every year. 

Renovations began this summer to expand the existing Assessment Room and to transform it into the new Urgent Care Centre (UCC), which will provide a quieter, more private and welcoming space for patients. 

The Assessment Room will remain open throughout the renovation. 

Scheduled to open in fall 2017, the new UCC will feature:

• 10 larger private single-patient rooms with designated space for a family member or support person
• Private patient washrooms
• Redesigned clinical and patient areas which will improve line-of-sight and flow of patients and care providers
• A new elevator and hallway dedicated to patients and care providers to ensure safe and timely transfer of patients to the appropriate area of care
• Improved hospital entry and wayfinding
• Improved infection control with dedicated infection isolation rooms. 

This new space will allow staff to provide the same excellent care they provide every day, in an improved, more patient-centred environment.

At a small kickoff celebration in July, long-time nurse, Pauline Fleming, took a sledgehammer to a wall in the area to mark the start of construction. Pauline has been with BC Women’s since the move from the old Grace Hospital in 1982. When the UCC opens, she will be one of a few, if not the only, nurse within the Birthing Program to have moved twice. It was only fitting that she helped kick off the construction of the new UCC. 

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