Cloverdale Reporter: Peace Arch Hospital Maternity Ward to close for 3 months ‘or longer’: source

Shortage of pediatric coverage blamed for diversion of expectant mothers

Peace Arch Hospital’s maternity ward is set to close for three months, according to multiple sources – including one with Fraser Health – who reached out to Peace Arch News Friday.

The reason, according to the Fraser Health executive, is due to a “failure to secure pediatric coverage” and could last longer than three months.

In a release late in the day Friday (Jan. 14), Fraser Health confirmed confirmed the closure, but called it an “extended diversion.” The health authority adds it “does not impact other health care services at Peace Arch Hospital.”

The release did not say how long the maternity ward would be closed.

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