September 28, 2016
COWICHAN, BC – Media are invited to join Island Health staff and physicians to tour the province’s Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) during its upcoming deployment to Cowichan District Hospital.
Come and learn how this hospital-on-wheels can be deployed anywhere in the province when disaster strikes or when additional capacity is needed to cope with emergencies or large-scale public events. The MMU has also been deployed to support planned hospital renovations and outpatient clinics. The MMU’s expert team will be on hand to provide tours and interviews.
Location: Cowichan District Hospital
3045 Gibbins Road
Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(check in at hospital administration office)
The MMU is housed in a 16-metre tractor-trailer that expands to a 90-square-metre (1,000 square feet) flexible facility with up to six to eight patient treatment bays.
The clinical capability of the MMU is flexible and can range from low acuity such as primary health care/outpatient clinics, to emergency/urgent level care, and/or highest acuity including critical care and emergency surgical care.
A support trailer is stocked with up-to 72 hours’ worth of medical supplies, consumables and other equipment.
For prolonged missions, the MMU can be connected to a hospital’s power system, city water and waste systems, but also has its own power, limited oxygen and water, and waste systems for self-sufficiency when required.
Media Relations Manager
250-370-8908 or Kellie.Hudson@viha.ca
Manager, Planning & Operations
Provincial Health Services Authority