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Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital gets new ambulatory care wing

A new ambulatory care wing has opened at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) this afternoon, as outpatient care will now be improved for those living in Trail.

Other communities that will benefit from this addition include Rock Creek, Grand Forks, Castlegar, Salmo, Nelson, the Slocan Valley, Nakusp, Kaslo and Crawford Bay.

The space is part of the redevelopment for KBRH that was built above the new emergency department, it will feature new procedure rooms, endoscopy suites and recovery rooms, new patient change rooms and natural light.

“The new ambulatory care space at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital means improved care for people in the region with more improvements also on the way,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Patients and health-care workers now have access to modern operating rooms for outpatient procedures, freeing up valuable operating room time for other more complex procedures.”

Ambulatory care includes outpatient procedures such as endoscopies, cystoscopies and other minor procedures, as well as treatment for acute and chronic illnesses.

A new pharmacy is also anticipated to open in 2022 that will be three times bigger than compared to the current location.

“This is great news for people in the region as we have taken another step towards a fully redeveloped Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “I look forward to the new pharmacy that will be opening in the next phase as our hospital evolves into a modern facility that will serve people for decades to come.”

The overall budget for the ambulatory care wing and pharmacy is $38.8 million: $23.3 million funded by the provincial government and $15.5 million from the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District.

The KBRH Health Foundation has also committed to raising $750,000 for the ambulatory care development after surpassing its $1-million goal for the emergency department project.

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