Concerns grow as Fraser Health moves to close Peace Arch Hospital maternity ward, indefinitely

Effective Friday, Jan. 28, maternity patients will be diverted to Langley Memorial Hospital

The head of Peace Arch Hospital’s maternity clinic in White Rock, B.C., says indefinitely closing the unit will create more challenges recruiting pediatricians and will have a negative impact on patient care.

On Friday, Fraser Health released a written statement saying that the hospital will close its maternity ward due to what it says is an “unexpected leave” at the facility until it “successfully recruits a full complement of pediatricians to support maternity patients.”

It is asking expectant individuals who have pre-existing plans to give birth at Peace Arch Hospital to attend Langley Memorial Hospital for their deliveries, starting Friday, Jan. 28.

Dr. Semion Strovski, the head of the Peace Arch maternity clinic, says doctors, nurses and midwives are all disappointed and concerned.

“It’s still going to endanger pregnant patients,” Strovski told CBC’s The Early Edition. “Patients not only will not be able to be delivered by their care providers, with whom they have a relationship, but they also have to drive at least 30 minutes to a different facility.”

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