Province approves new ambulatory care area and expanded pharmacy at KBRH

A big health care announcement in Trail Friday.

The province has approved a new ambulatory care area and expanded pharmacy at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

The total cost of project is $38.8 million, with the provincial government committing $23.3 million. 

 Interior Health has now made a request to the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District for a $15.5-million contribution to the project. 

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy says the new investment, along with the current emergency department redevelopment that's underway, is vital for better patient care in the region.

The new ambulatory care wing will be built above the expanded emergency department. 

Improvements will also be made to the existing ambulatory care space.

The cast clinic will be upgraded. 

The medical records office will be relocated  to allow for an expanded oncology unit and relocated physiotherapy department.

The pharmacy will triple in size with enhanced services.

Construction is expected to start in 2020.