Surrey Memorial Hospital CAPSU

Client: Fraser Health Authority
Prime Consultant: Kirsten Reite Architecture
Location: Surrey, BC
Completion: April 2017

The old Emergency Department was upgraded/transformed into a 10 bed unit providing a therapeutic environment for children and adolescents experiencing an acute mental health crisis.

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) is a state-of-the-art unit for children and adolescents aged six to 17 with urgent mental health issues and need a five to seven day stay in hospital for stabilization. It will feature a Snoezelen™ Room, a multi-sensory environment used to help reduce agitation and anxiety and stimulate and encourage communication, the first of its kind for children and youth in a hospital psychiatric unit in Canada.

The project involved demolition of the entire existing space including cabinets, walls, electrical, mechanical, and exterior walls and the construction of new treatment and patient rooms, offices, millwork, flooring and walls. Mechanical and electrical upgrades throughout the space were also performed.

The specialized care team at this unit will include psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and youth care counselors.

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