Construction on a $6.25 million emergency department redevelopment at West Coast General Hospital will kick off this March, the province says.
The project will expand the facility by 2,626 square feet and add improvements to existing emergency department space.
Improvements include three new patient exam beds, a seclusion room for patients in need of emergency mental health care, and the addition of two separate entrances for ambulances and the general public.
“The current West Coast General Hospital has served the people of the Alberni-Clayoquot region well since 2001,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
“However, upgrades are needed so the hospital can continue this high level of care for people for decades to come.”
Project costs are being divided between the Province ($2.55 million), the West Coast General Hospital Foundation ($2 million) and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional Hospital District ($1.7 million).
The project’s costs are being shared between the Province, which is providing $2.55 million; the West Coast General Hospital Foundation, which has pledged $2 million and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional Hospital District, which will contribute $1.7 million.
West Coast General Hospital services Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and surrounding areas.
Mid-Island-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne says that the hospital saw over 25,000 patient visits in 2019-20.
“West Coast General Hospital is an important part of the community and region,” said Osborne.
The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.