Celebrating National Physicians Day on May 1st

Celebrating National Physicians Day on May 1st May 1, 2021, has been declared as National Physicians Celebration Day, in honor of the dedication, and the thoughtful compassionate health care provided by physicians everywhere in this great country. The Canadian Medical Association chose this date because it is the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe (Canada’s first […]

DocTalks Podcast

As doctors across BC try to meet the unprecedented demands that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on them, reports of physician burnout are increasing. But what does burnout actually look like? How do you recognize the early warning signs so you can take steps to prevent it? And where do doctors go for help? In […]

Indigenous Health Survey

Survey Link: https://fraserhealth.checkbox.ca/Indigenous-Health-Survey What is happening? The Indigenous Cultural Safety team is inviting all staff, and medical staff, to participate in an online Indigenous health survey. The information you provide will help to inform future education and professional development opportunities. Why? Fraser Health is committed to implementing the recommendations from the report, In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism […]

Second Dose Deferral to Extend COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage: A Review of the Evidence

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 have been increasing since mid-September in BC and as of January 2021 remain elevated. Two mRNA vaccines have been authorized for use in Canada but vaccine supply will be limited through the first quarter of 2021, requiring strategic management to address scarcity during a period of heightened need. […]

PPE Portraits at SMH

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portrait Project is a hybrid art & medical intervention designed to improve patient care and team dynamics by humanizing the alienating appearance of PPE, through warm, smiling headshot portraits fixed to the outside of the healthcare worker’s PPE. This is meant to: Reduce patient isolation and fears. Increase trust and […]

Hospitalists at SMH Raise $11,650 for Starfish Pack Program

30 Members of the Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) Hospitalist Group, have dug deep and provided personal contributions totaling $11,650, to the Starfish Pack Program in Surrey. This fundraising was organized by Dr. Baldeep Toor, who was aware that the Starfish project was having difficulty fundraising in this difficult period.  Starfish is a weekend food program offering […]

Prince William and Kate Speak to SMH Medical Staff

Prince William and Kate have spoken to staff at Fraser Health’s Surrey Memorial Hospital to hear about their experiences working to combat the Covid-19 outbreak. To mark Canada Day they thanked frontline workers across the country for their efforts in helping to protect and support their communities. The Duke and Duchess also discussed the impact […]

The fight to save patients from the coronavirus at Surrey Memorial Hospital

British Columbia has been in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic for weeks. But inside what is typically the province’s busiest emergency department, the silence is striking. On the front lines, Surrey Memorial Hospital is where many of the region’s most critically-ill COVID-19 patients are fighting to survive. “The real anxiety for me comes from the unknowns,” […]