Stan Kuperis with the Fraser Health Authority is refuting claims from Gayle Duteil of the BC Nurses Union that more needs to be done for youth who require mental health services in the Fraser Valley.
“Fraser Health has come forward with a number of solutions in terms of meeting needs. Fraser Health is doing a lot of work in the area of child, youth and young adult services to ensure we have an appropriate range of services for this specific age population.”
Duteil suggesting earlier today that new patients at Abbotsford Regional Hospital are waiting more than 100 hours for an available bed, to which Kuperis says…
“Most patients admitted to hospital in Abbotsford are stabilized in the ER and referred to follow-up services in the community and that’s completed in under ten hours.”
Kuperis says there’s no plans to re-open an adolescent psychiatric unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
“The adolescent psychiatric unit was opened and so the demand for in-patient care was rather low at the time but the need for a stabilization in the community was quite high. That has been transformed into an adolescent program for youth and mental health needs.”
He adds there’s plans to roll out a new child and adolescent psychiatric stabilization program in September of next year.