St. Paul’s Hospital $3.5M centre for vulnerable patients set to open spring 2017 (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

A $3.5-million addition to St. Paul’s emergency department, geared toward mental health and drug-addicted patients, is set to open this spring in the midst of B.C.’s fentanyl crisis.

The downtown Vancouver hospital treats the largest number of vulnerable patients – almost 11,000 – every year.

The new centre, which will be called HUB, aims to provide acute care to vulnerable patients quicker and connect them with medical and social resources after they are discharged from emergency.

Wanyee Li reports

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