BC’s Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) was activated on Monday afternoon when flooding caused by a broken water main closed Surrey Memorial Hospital's emergency department.
The MMU was formally requested for urgent deployment at approximately 13:00 on Monday, and was fully set-up and ready to support the temporary urgent care centre (at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre) by 22:00. First patients were seen Tuesday afternoon, and the MMU will remain on-site to support surge capacity for lower acuity patients, as needed.
While the MMU has been active across the province on several planned deployments, this is its first emergency activation and demonstrates the flexibility and responsiveness of the MMU facility and its team.
The MMU is maintained in a state of readiness 24/7 to support recovery from disasters and emergencies throughout the province, and is also available for planned deployments such as hospital renovation support and public health outreach.