A stressed out mother, weeks away from her due date, says she’s has no maternity ward to turn to in case of emergency. The unit at Peace Arch Hospital is scheduled to close Jan. 28. Crystal Laderas on why the move is raising alarm.
Ten weeks away from her due date, Savannah Walsh has no idea where she’ll go if she requires urgent care while giving birth now that Peace Arch Hospital’s maternity ward is closing indefinitely.
Fraser Health announced Friday the ward will close Jan. 28 because an “unexpected leave” means there will not be pediatricians available to support patients. Calling it an “extended diversion,” the health authority says patients will be sent to Langley Memorial Hospital until a vacant position is full.
“Fraser Health implemented this extended diversion to ensure we are able to provide the best and safest care for our patients,” a statement issued Friday said.