Vancouver General Hospital
With 955 beds, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is the province’s largest hospital offering specialized and tertiary services to residents in Vancouver and across the province. VGH takes patients referred from other parts of the province requiring highly specialized services. VGH is also a teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of British Columbia, and home to one of the largest research institutes in Canada.
The in-patient Neurology service at VGH consists of a 14 bed unit located on T5-B of the Pattison Pavilion. This unit is the only dedicated in-patient Neurology clinical teaching unit (CTU) in the province and has within its mandate the provision of tertiary care for complex neurological disorders. The inpatient program features a specialized epilepsy monitoring unit (2 beds), a stroke service (6 beds) and 6 beds for general neurology.
A very large percentage of all stroke patients presenting or referred to VGH are now admitted to the Neurology service for acute management during the first 5-7 days of their post stroke care. From there the stroke pathway includes transfer to the UBCH Sub-acute Stroke Unit before moving on to appropriate rehabilitation facilities or home. This has resulted in an increase in the number of stroke patients cared for on neurology with a reduction in patients requiring a prolonged stay on the unit.
St. Paul’s Hospital
The St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) Division of Neurology is an important part of the clinical and teaching program of the UBC Division of Neurology. Dr. Robert Keyes is the division head of SPH. This division provides tertiary referral care for the Providence Health Care network as well as to the province more widely. The Division of Neurology at SPH comprises a faculty of 7 active clinicians and clinician scientists as well as two clinical Emeritus members and has continued its longstanding traditions of excellence in clinical teaching and patient care. In addition, active participation in clinical neurological research programs continues as well. The inpatient activities of the Division are based at St. Paul’s Hospital. However, active and busy consultative services are maintained at St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital and B.C. Women’s Hospital.
University of British Columbia Hospital
The UBC Hospital opened in 1968 and is located on the UBC Campus. Specialty areas acute medicine, general surgery, reconstructive orthopedic surgery, psychiatry and gerontology. UBC Hospital has eight operating rooms, 58 inpatient (overnight) beds and 800 physicians and staff. Patients make approximately 28,000 clinic visits to the hospital, to clinics such as the Bladder Care Centre, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Breast Reconstruction Program and the Operational Stress Injury (OSI) clinic. UBC Hospital features an Urgent Care Centre which offers specialized treatment for non-life threatening emergencies by emergency trained physicians and nurses.