St. Paul's Hospital

Closing of St. Paul's Hospital’s AIDS ward is symbolic of progress

For more than a decade, Ward 10C was ground zero in Canada’s struggle against the AIDS epidemic.

An otherwise sterile and unremarkable room within Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, Ward 10C was a place where patients came to die. The generic name was code for the hospital’s AIDS unit.

Success morphs St. Paul's Hospital's AIDS ward

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, right, embraces Dr. Julio Montaner, director for the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after announcing the dedicated AIDS ward at St. Paul's Hospital would no longer just treat patients with HIV/AIDS because of a lack of demand due to the success of the centre, during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

A Vancouver hospital ward once so stigmatized it was only referred to by code name has been transformed from an AIDS-dedicated centre now the illness has been “virtually controlled” in the province.

St. Paul’s Hospital in the city’s core is repurposing the floor that nursing staff would only identify as “10C,” because of a near-elimination of AIDS cases in British Columbia and the associated drop in need for high-maintenance HIV care.

No more visiting hour restrictions at Providence hospitals

You now have the freedom to visit your loved ones in whenever you want at certain Metro Vancouver hospitals.

Providence Health Care facilities is scrapping visiting hour restrictions.

Nurse Shannon Parsons was the lead on bringing in the change.

“The family presence policy is just one component of a culture of care that’s changing at Providence Health, and how much we’re committed to family and patient-centred care, and we’re fully committed to it as an organization,” she tells us.

Martin MacMahon Reports

St. Paul’s hospital staff are first class people

I was at St Paul’s Hospital’s emergency room due to a urinary infection. I waited four hours writhing in pain.

Once I was admitted every single staff member was professional, kind, and caring. This was especially true in acute care, where my treatment was first class.

I wasn’t just someone lucky; as I watched, a few patients were particularly difficult, but the staff displayed extreme patience and exceptional care and attention. They went out of their way to be kind at a time we were in need and most vulnerable.

St. Paul’s Hospital performs first new non-invasive heart surgery

A new non-invasive heart surgery is being considered a breakthrough for people who previously had no treatment options available.

There is a new procedure available for the one-in-10 people over the age of 75 with the heart condition “mitral regurgitation,” which is a leaking valve in the heart.

St. Paul’s Hospital performs groundbreaking 1,000th heart valve procedure

St. Paul’s Hospital is celebrating a milestone in a medical procedure it pioneered a decade ago.

The procedure allows for the replacement of a patient’s heart valve, without open heart surgery, by using a catheter.

The procedure is relatively painless, patients recover quickly, and many remain awake for the entire procedure. They are also able to go home one day after the operation.

Today, the hospital performed that surgery for the 1,000th time, live on video to a large gathering of medical specialists in downtown Vancouver.

VPD issue warning after increase in all addiction-related emergency room visits at St. Paul's Hospital

Police are warning drug users to be “extremely cautious” after seven people were reported to have overdosed on heroin Tuesday.

The suspected overdoses occurred in the Downtown Eastside, according to a news release from Sgt. Randy Fincham, a VPD spokesman.

The warning urged users to inject at Insite, where there are medical personnel on hand.

“If you are a drug user who has used and don’t feel well, seek medical attention or help immediately,” he said.

Fincham asked anyone who sees someone in medical distress to call 911.

Matthew Robinson Reports

B.C. woman left waiting in agony over bladder treatment referral

A Port Coquitlam woman in severe pain says she wishes she would die, after waiting months to be treated for complications arising from bladder surgery.

Shalini Narayan had a bladder lift procedure at St. Paul's Hospital in January after undergoing a hysterectomy, but was left in constant agony afterwards. 

After being referred to B.C. Women's Hospital pelvic pain clinic, Narayan received a letter last month saying she is not eligible for treatment there because there were complications with the mesh used to lift her bladder.

Safeguards in place to protect babies from abduction in Vancouver hospitals

After a baby was stolen from a Quebec maternity ward Monday, many are wondering what systems are in place to ensure something similar doesn’t happen here.

Health authorities have been reluctant to get into too much detail about their security systems, but Vancouver Coastal Health has given a few examples of safeguards their facilities have in place.

St. Paul’s Hospital has locked doors in the maternity area, and nurses can see people wanting to enter on video before granting access.

Martin MacMahon Reports

Dr. Anson Cheung, Professor of Surgery and Director of Cardiac Transplant at St. Paul's Hospital discusses transcatheter Tiara implantations

Neovasc Inc. (“Neovasc” or the “Company”), a developer of novel technologies to treat vascular disease, reported that the first results from early clinical experience with its Tiara™  prosthetic mitral valve were presented today at EuroPCR 2014, the annual meeting of the European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions.

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