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REPORTING · 14th November 2013
Northern Health
Renovations to the Kitimat General Hospital will begin on Monday, November 18, 2013. The $811,000 in renovations, funded by NH and the Northwest Regional Hospital District, will include the creation of an observation room, a clinical workstation, and a medication and storage room, among many other upgrades. It is expected the renovations will last for about 14 weeks.

“The renovations at the Kitimat General Hospital will improve the working environment for staff and physicians, and the ability to work with patients coming in,” said Jonathan Cooper, Health Service Administrator for Northern Health. This is an important upgrade to ensure we continue to provide the high quality care people in Kitimat deserve."

To maintain continuity of service during the renovations, the BC mobile medical unit will be utilized at Kitimat General Hospital to allow staff and physicians to continue delivering patient care during the renovation project. The mobile medical unit is available to support health care facilities across the province. Flexible in its form and function, the mobile medical unit has four levels of clinical capability:

- public health, outpatient clinic, and first aid level care;

- minor illness/injured (treat and release);

- critical care; and

- surgical intervention/life-saving emergency procedures.

The mobile medical unit will arrive in Kitimat on Monday, November 11, 2013 and will be operational on November 16, 2013. The mobile medical unit will be constructed in a paved area in front of the Kitimat General Hospital. It is expected the unit will be operational until mid-February 2014. The unit has been used across the province, including at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has also provided support for other renovation projects.
Comment by Larry Walker on 14th November 2013
Addition much appreciated by all