Fraser Health

WEB POLL: More rats in the community?

Have you noticed more rodents where you live?

 

Bonita and Don Findlay pictured on a trip in Italy in 2005. (Photo: Anna Burns)

B.C. widow grateful MAID allowed her husband to die with dignity, compassion

Woman recalls experience as changes loom over who can access medically assisted death

 

A family member holds Ruth Harris’s hand in Vancouver General Hospital. (Submitted)

Questions about care after Abbotsford woman’s burns not taken seriously

Third-degree burns on elderly woman’s legs not given priority at ARH, but they were at Vancouver General Hospital

 

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix pauses while responding to questions during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. The British Columbia government will reopen 20 hospital emergency operations centres set up for COVID-19 to deal with an expected surge in flu, respiratory illness and COVID cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows seniors well vaccinated as next COVID variant looms

The newest Omicron variant has been nicknamed the Kraken

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix pauses while responding to questions during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. The British Columbia government will reopen 20 hospital emergency operations centres set up for COVID-19 to deal with an expected surge in flu, respiratory illness and COVID cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Langley Memorial Hospital. (Langley Memorial Hospital Facebook)

WEB POLL: Looking for a family doctor, or given up?

It’s been a frustrating search for many British Columbians

  • Dec 1, 2022
Langley Memorial Hospital. (Langley Memorial Hospital Facebook)
Buena Vista Lodge, a mental health facility with 12 beds, has been in operation in White Rock for over 50 years. The beds at the facility are funded by Fraser Health, but that funding will cease in June once the facility has been sold to a new owner. (Unsplash photo)

B.C. residential mental health facility to close over lack of funding

Owner worried over fate of residents as Fraser Health declines to enter contract with new owner

Buena Vista Lodge, a mental health facility with 12 beds, has been in operation in White Rock for over 50 years. The beds at the facility are funded by Fraser Health, but that funding will cease in June once the facility has been sold to a new owner. (Unsplash photo)
Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)

Chilliwack senior felt ‘absolute despair’ after Fraser Health no-show

Confined to wheelchair, woman was twice left sitting in incontinence underwear for 20-plus hours

Pamela Garrity, 77, has been confined to a wheelchair since falling out of bed in late September, and relies on a Sarastand (right) to get in and out of bed, get on and off the toilet and do other things. (Eric J. Welsh/ The Progress)
Photo courtesy SFUSD

Fraser Health offering ‘exciting’ bivalent booster vaccine against COVID-19

Doctor says ‘it should help your body to mount an immune response against a variety of strains of COVID-19’

Photo courtesy SFUSD
New germ disinfection pods allow Fraser Health hospitals to disinfect equipment with UV light. (Fraser Health photo)

Robots using UV light to kill viruses and bacteria in Fraser Valley hospitals

Robots can disinfect rooms in as fast as 20 minutes and have done nearly 62,000 rooms in 21 months

  • Aug 29, 2022
New germ disinfection pods allow Fraser Health hospitals to disinfect equipment with UV light. (Fraser Health photo)
Slocan Community Health Centre (pictured) emergency room faced temporary service reductions. This is just one of many rural health centres that are experiencing staffing and other issues. Black Press File photo.

IN OUR VIEW: B.C. deserves more than jokes about ERs

John Horgan’s crack about newspaper ads isn’t enough

Slocan Community Health Centre (pictured) emergency room faced temporary service reductions. This is just one of many rural health centres that are experiencing staffing and other issues. Black Press File photo.
Randy “Elvis” Friskie, shown here perfoming in 2018, says he is on his deathbed on a cot in a hallway at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

Elvis impersonator says he is on deathbed in hallway at a B.C. hospital

‘No dignity in it whatsoever,’ says Randy Friskie, who has liver disease

Randy “Elvis” Friskie, shown here perfoming in 2018, says he is on his deathbed on a cot in a hallway at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)
High heat is on the way, and there are ways to keep cool and safe, says Fraser Health. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

VIDEO: Know how to keep cool, help others, in the coming heat wave, says Fraser Health

With temperatures about to soar in the Vancouver and Fraser Valley area, there are ways to keep cool

High heat is on the way, and there are ways to keep cool and safe, says Fraser Health. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
A BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES)

New Fraser Health study looks at links between ER opioid prescriptions and overdoses

Counselling could help patients who are injured and at risk of overdose from opioids

A BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES)
A local resident would like to see capital work done on the Ridge Meadows Hospital. (The News files)

LETTER: Maple Ridge resident wonders when is it local hospital’s turn for upgrades?

The province has announced projects at several Lower Mainland hospitals but not Ridge Meadows

  • Jul 16, 2022
A local resident would like to see capital work done on the Ridge Meadows Hospital. (The News files)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Brand new B.C. primary care centre can’t find doctors to staff it

The clinic opened in May, but the province and Fraser Health can’t find people to work there

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
From left: SafePoint’s Hyeth Manlosa, Ian Fraser, and Megan White. After five years in operation, SafePoint staff have reversed 2,845 drug poisonings, according to Fraser Health. (Photo submitted)

B.C. safe consumption site marks five years of ‘truly saving lives’

SafePoint in Surrey has seen 300,000 visits from 3,533 people, with 2,845 drug poisonings reversed

From left: SafePoint’s Hyeth Manlosa, Ian Fraser, and Megan White. After five years in operation, SafePoint staff have reversed 2,845 drug poisonings, according to Fraser Health. (Photo submitted)
Dr. Steve Levasseur, retinal surgeon and department head of vitreoretinal surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital, explains how B.C.’s first digitally assisted 3D visualization eye surgery technology works. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

With a ‘55-inch viewing system,’ eye surgery at B.C. hospital gets a 3D boost

The province’s busiest vitreoretinal team, Surrey Memorial surgeons perform roughly 2,500 surgeries a year for patients throughout B.C.

Dr. Steve Levasseur, retinal surgeon and department head of vitreoretinal surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital, explains how B.C.’s first digitally assisted 3D visualization eye surgery technology works. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Staff at the Mission Maternity Clinic post a sign to the window announcing the closure. Patrick Penner / Mission Record

Fraser Valley maternity clinic closure a symptom of B.C.’s physician deficit

Unable to recruit new doctors, Mission clinic no longer accepting patients as of April 1

Staff at the Mission Maternity Clinic post a sign to the window announcing the closure. Patrick Penner / Mission Record
Therapy dog Sophie with her owner Barbara at the Abbotsford COVID-19 Immunization Clinic. (St. John Ambulance photo)

St. John Ambulance Therapy dogs soothe nerves while working at Abbotsford COVID clinic

Wagging tails and puppy kisses greet visitors and staff at Fraser Health immunization clinic

Therapy dog Sophie with her owner Barbara at the Abbotsford COVID-19 Immunization Clinic. (St. John Ambulance photo)
A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Health authority reverses decision to close B.C. hospital maternity ward

Fraser Health had planned to close Peace Arch Hospital ward for 3 months, starting Jan. 28

A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)