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Dr. Navjot Sandhu in Langley Memorial Hospital’s pediatric ER space. It’s been just over a year since the new ER opened. (Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation/special to the Langley Advance Times)
Dr. Navjot Sandhu in Langley Memorial Hospital’s pediatric ER space. It’s been just over a year since the new ER opened. (Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation/special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley got a new emergency room at LMH in 2021. (Government of B.C./Special to the Langley Advance Times)

WEB POLL: Put B.C. family doctors on salary?

Salary versus per-patient pay has recently been debated

Langley got a new emergency room at LMH in 2021. (Government of B.C./Special to the Langley Advance Times)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Brand new B.C. primary care centre can’t find doctors to staff it

The clinic opened in May, but the province and Fraser Health can’t find people to work there

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
From left: SafePoint’s Hyeth Manlosa, Ian Fraser, and Megan White. After five years in operation, SafePoint staff have reversed 2,845 drug poisonings, according to Fraser Health. (Photo submitted)

B.C. safe consumption site marks five years of ‘truly saving lives’

SafePoint in Surrey has seen 300,000 visits from 3,533 people, with 2,845 drug poisonings reversed

From left: SafePoint’s Hyeth Manlosa, Ian Fraser, and Megan White. After five years in operation, SafePoint staff have reversed 2,845 drug poisonings, according to Fraser Health. (Photo submitted)
Dean and Shauna MacDonald, whose family was a sponsor for the new hospice, named after Dean’s parents, Fran and Doug. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s new hospice set to open its doors

The facility also has a new name, courtesy of a supportive local family

Dean and Shauna MacDonald, whose family was a sponsor for the new hospice, named after Dean’s parents, Fran and Doug. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, announced a new team that will support 25 people in Langley who are at risk of homelessness because of complex mental health needs. The team is expected to be up and running as soon as this summer. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

New Langley team to aid people at high risk of homelessness

The new ACT will work with people with complex mental health and addiction isssues

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, announced a new team that will support 25 people in Langley who are at risk of homelessness because of complex mental health needs. The team is expected to be up and running as soon as this summer. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Dr. Steve Levasseur, retinal surgeon and department head of vitreoretinal surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital, explains how B.C.’s first digitally assisted 3D visualization eye surgery technology works. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

With a ‘55-inch viewing system,’ eye surgery at B.C. hospital gets a 3D boost

The province’s busiest vitreoretinal team, Surrey Memorial surgeons perform roughly 2,500 surgeries a year for patients throughout B.C.

Dr. Steve Levasseur, retinal surgeon and department head of vitreoretinal surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital, explains how B.C.’s first digitally assisted 3D visualization eye surgery technology works. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Staff at the Mission Maternity Clinic post a sign to the window announcing the closure. Patrick Penner / Mission Record

Fraser Valley maternity clinic closure a symptom of B.C.’s physician deficit

Unable to recruit new doctors, Mission clinic no longer accepting patients as of April 1

Staff at the Mission Maternity Clinic post a sign to the window announcing the closure. Patrick Penner / Mission Record
Therapy dog Sophie with her owner Barbara at the Abbotsford COVID-19 Immunization Clinic. (St. John Ambulance photo)

St. John Ambulance Therapy dogs soothe nerves while working at Abbotsford COVID clinic

Wagging tails and puppy kisses greet visitors and staff at Fraser Health immunization clinic

Therapy dog Sophie with her owner Barbara at the Abbotsford COVID-19 Immunization Clinic. (St. John Ambulance photo)
Unusually cold weather over the winter interfered with testing at the KPU site earlier this year. (Langley Advance Times file)

Drive through COVID testing site at Langley’s KPU to shut down

Lower case numbers mean less need for a big testing site in Langley

Unusually cold weather over the winter interfered with testing at the KPU site earlier this year. (Langley Advance Times file)
Langley’s weekly number of positive COVID-19 tests dropped below 100 for the first time in months. (BCCDC)

Fewer than 100 positive COVID cases in Langley last week

It’s been months since transmission dipped this low

Langley’s weekly number of positive COVID-19 tests dropped below 100 for the first time in months. (BCCDC)
COVID cases are far down from more than 900 at the end of December. (BCCDC/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

COVID cases continue slow decline in Langley

There were fewer than 150 cases in Langley last week

COVID cases are far down from more than 900 at the end of December. (BCCDC/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Undated Google Maps image of Chartwell Langley Gardens

18 infected in COVID outbreak at Langley’s Chartwell Gardens

It’s the latest outbreak for the long-term care residence

Undated Google Maps image of Chartwell Langley Gardens
A COVID outbreak at Langley Memorial Hospital is over. (Langley Advance Times files)
A COVID outbreak at Langley Memorial Hospital is over. (Langley Advance Times files)
COVID infection rates remain high, but are in decline across Langley and the Lower Mainland. (BCCDC)

Vaccination rates still rising for Langley kids, booster shots

As the Omicron wave slowly ebbs, cases continue to decline locally

COVID infection rates remain high, but are in decline across Langley and the Lower Mainland. (BCCDC)
Langley and its neighbours are seeing declines in new COVID infections, but the rate of decline has slowed somewhat. (BCCDC)
Langley and its neighbours are seeing declines in new COVID infections, but the rate of decline has slowed somewhat. (BCCDC)
Undated Google Maps image of Chartwell Langley Gardens

COVID outbreak over at Langley’s Chartwell Gardens

Chartwell was one of several local seniors homes and health facilities affected recently

Undated Google Maps image of Chartwell Langley Gardens
Langley saw a steep decline in new COVID cases in the last week, but numbers were still high relative to almost every other period of the pandemic. (BCCDC)

New COVID cases keep declining in Langley

Transmission remains high in Langley and across the region

Langley saw a steep decline in new COVID cases in the last week, but numbers were still high relative to almost every other period of the pandemic. (BCCDC)
A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Health authority reverses decision to close B.C. hospital maternity ward

Fraser Health had planned to close Peace Arch Hospital ward for 3 months, starting Jan. 28

A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Expectant mother Jenny Bray said her carefully made birth plans are now up in the air, after Fraser Health announced on Friday that it will close Peace Arch Hospital’s maternity department for three months, beginning Jan. 28. The ministry of health said women will be diverted to Langley Memorial Hospital for delivery instead. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Fraser Health decision to close Peace Arch Hospital maternity widely criticized

Expectant mother, Jenny Bray, among many left to find alternative solution

Expectant mother Jenny Bray said her carefully made birth plans are now up in the air, after Fraser Health announced on Friday that it will close Peace Arch Hospital’s maternity department for three months, beginning Jan. 28. The ministry of health said women will be diverted to Langley Memorial Hospital for delivery instead. (Aaron Hinks photo)