Peace Arch Hospital maternity ward closure jeopardizes patient safety, expert says

Fraser Health said ward to be closed for three months

Temporary closure of Peace Arch Hospital’s maternity ward exacerbates safety and mental health concerns that were already on a “critical rise” due to COVID-19, an expert says.

Fraser Health announced on Jan. 14 that PAH’s maternity ward is to close for three months, beginning Jan. 28.

The health authority cited “pediatrician availability” as a primary concern caused by an unexpected leave. The closure is to remain in place until Fraser Health recruits a full complement of pediatricians to support maternity patients, the release said.

Fraser Health said people who have pre-existing plans to deliver at Peace Arch Hospital will now attend Langley Memorial Hospital for their deliveries.

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