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A new psychiatric emergency assessment and treatment unit for LGH


Last month, construction began at Lions Gate Hospital to create a holistic care unit in the emergency department. 

The Psychiatric Emergency Assessment and Treatment (PEAT) unit will provide trauma informed, recovery-oriented care with a harm reduction lens. It will provide timely access to specialized emergency mental health and substance use services for up to eight individuals in a safe, designated area.

When complete in fall 2022, the PEAT unit will:  

  • Increase the safety of patient care with a purpose-built mental health and substance use care area;
  • Provide rapid concurrent assessment, treatment and stabilization of medical, mental health, substance use and/or behavioral concerns;
  • Coordinate between acute and community care, including the collection of collateral from community service providers; and
  • Involve community providers and families in treatment and/or discharge planning.

“The completion of the PEAT unit at Lions Gate Hospital will not only provide better care to the North Shore community, but improve the patient flow for staff in the emergency department," said Ira Roness, Director of Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) North Shore at VCH.

 While plans are in place to ensure the least amount of disruption for patients and staff in the emergency department, construction will impact day-to-day operations. Patients, clients and visitors will find wayfinding signs on arrival.

Did you know?

​Approximately 65,000 patients are treated annually in LGH's ED which has two trauma bays and 54 patient care spaces. LGH typically handles 3,000 mental health and substance use client visits annually. 

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