The space we need, the care you deserve.
The Emergency Department at Langley Memorial Hospital is the first line of defence for Langley residents in a medical crisis such as cardiac arrest, stroke or a severe trauma.
If you have been in our hospital’s Emergency Department, you know that you will receive exceptional care but it is provided despite a facility that is small, overcrowded and sometimes frightening for those patients who need it. Patients in the throes of substance withdrawal are treated next to children. Wait times are over 10 hours for at least two-thirds of our patients. People are lined up waiting for a bed or remain on stretchers in the hallways. Nearly one quarter of patients arrive by ambulance and yet we do not have a dedicated ambulance lane.
Currently, all Langley Memorial Hospital patients - including both inpatients and outpatients - must travel to Abbotsford or Surrey for their MRI scans. Langley residents currently wait up to 18 months or more for an MRI scan.
We simply do not have enough space or the right space to provide emergency care for our community.
Langley Memorial was built in 1948 at a time when Langley was a much smaller, rural community. The current Emergency Department was built to accommodate 25,000 visits a year – that’s 68 patients a day. Today, the Emergency Department treats up to 128 patients each day.
With our fast-growing community, rapidly changing technology and advances in medical practices, our hospital is constantly looking for better ways to deliver the health care that our residents need. We are continually increasing our efficiency and being creative in our use of space but, at some point, more space is essential. In fact, we have reached that crisis point.
Langley can’t wait any longer for a new Emergency Department. It’s time to stage an emergency response to ensure our community residents have the emergency care they need when they need it most.
You never know when you might need it, but when you do, it’s critical that the hospital is close. We count on having a good hospital in our community. I am truly grateful for the care I received."
SCOTT KEMP, ER PATIENT
A New Emergency Department and MRI Suite for Langley
The new Emergency Department and MRI Suite will be built on the Langley Memorial Hospital campus and are designed to respond to our challenges today and built for the needs of tomorrow.
Here is what you will find:
My wife was in so much pain from her cancer. We came to the Emergency at Langley Memorial many, many times when the pain was overwhelming. The care is more personal here. My wife got to know the nurses in Emergency and they got to know her. The doctors and nurses here are remarkable.
But the Emergency Department design has not kept up with the needs of a growing community. People wait hours in the waiting room or on stretchers in the hall. I have seen people wait a very long time. It was often my wife.
Langley urgently needs a new Emergency Department. We need the kind of facility that will enable the medical staff to provide even better care for anyone in our community who needs it."
Zahir Virani, Langley resident