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.

North Delta Reporter: Peace Arch Hospital maternity ward to close for 3 months ‘or longer’

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.

CTV News: B.C. hospital diverting pregnant patients for 3rd time in 6 months due to lack of paediatrician availability

For the third time in six months, Fraser Health is asking patients planning to deliver their babies at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock to go elsewhere because of a pediatrician shortage.

The health authority said it’s asking pregnant people to go to Langley Memorial Hospital instead, beginning on Jan. 28.

In a news release, Fraser Health described the “extended diversion for maternity patients” at Peace Arch Hospital as a result of “a gap in pediatrician availability due to an unexpected leave.”

“The diversion will remain in place until we successfully recruit a full complement of pediatricians to support maternity patients at Peace Arch Hospital,” the health authority said in its release.

Peace Arch Hospital to go on extended diversion for maternity care patients: Media Release

In response to a gap in pediatrician availability due to an unexpected leave at Peace Arch Hospital, beginning January 28, 2022, Fraser Health is asking expectant individuals who have pre-existing plans to deliver at Peace Arch Hospital to attend Langley Memorial Hospital for their deliveries.

The diversion will remain in place until we successfully recruit a full complement of pediatricians to support Maternity patients at Peace Arch Hospital.

Fraser Health implemented this extended diversion to ensure we are able to provide the best and safest care for our patients at any time using our extensive network of hospitals and health care services. The diversion does not impact other health care services at Peace Arch Hospital.

While some people will be disappointed by this temporary change as they would like to have their baby born at Peace Arch Hospital for a variety of reasons, Fraser Health is ensuring that all care providers, such as midwives and doulas, who are part of a patient’s care team continue to be part of their delivery team at Langley Memorial Hospital.

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.