How your gifts transformed patient care in our hospitals in 2015/16

As a donor, you have the choice to direct donations to an area of care or a specific piece of equipment that is meaningful to you. Your generous gifts help to fund the sophisticated medical tools and patient-care supports that ensure our patients receive the best possible care at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals. Here are some examples of the 281 pieces of equipment you helped our hospitals to secure in 2015/16:


Patients receiving cancer care are treated by a team of experts who often use combinations of surgery, medication, radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy to help their patients recover and enjoy improved quality of life.

Slide Stainer

This automatic slide stainer helps laboratory technicians analyze blood and tissue samples quickly and efficiently. This important diagnostic tool assists doctors in diagnosing and monitoring conditions and diseases such as anemia, infection, leukemia, lymphoma and other hematology problems. Purchased in spring 2015, this slide stainer replaced one that was more than 17 years old.


Thin, flexible fibre-optic cystoscopes provide detailed, high-resolution images of a patient’s bladder and urethra during a procedure called a cystoscopy. A cystoscopy can also allow surgeons to take biopsies of abnormal tissue for diagnosis using specialized surgical instruments. The three new cystoscopy telescopes that were purchased are helping urologists accurately diagnose complex conditions such as bladder cancer, kidney stones, bladder and urinary tract infections, enlarged prostate, interstitial cystitis and prostate cancer so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.



Cardiac patients from around the region count on medical experts at the Royal Jubilee Hospital to diagnose their cardiovascular disease and abnormal heart rhythms, and to perform vital medical procedures such as open-heart surgery, angioplasty and pacemaker implantation.

Dual Chamber External Pacemakers and Transport Monitors

Dual chamber external pacemakers are used, to control abnormal heart rhythms and regulate the heartbeat of patients recovering from open heart surgery or suffering from cardiac ailments that create abnormally slow heart rates. Twenty-five external pacemakers featuring the latest in technology were purchased in late 2015 to replace pacemakers that were too old to be serviced or repaired. Thanks to our donors, these replacement pacemakers are in frequent use at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

Two transport monitors keep heart surgery patients stable during their transfer from the operating room to a Cardiac Care unit. The enhanced monitoring capabilities and built-in CPR function allow nursing staff to monitor oxygen saturation and heart rhythms and to immediately respond to any critical changes or life-threatening arrhythmias. The monitor allows doctors to intervene, even in the middle of patient transport.


Medical imaging and laboratory services help medical specialists to ensure that their patients receive the most beneficial therapies and allow them to begin necessary treatment as soon as possible, improving their chances for recovery.


A new bench-top centrifuge for the molecular laboratory is helping care teams to diagnose illnesses such as influenza and norovirus and to process samples for DNA extraction and banking. This programmable, space-saving centrifuge can process samples more efficiently than the old equipment it replaced, leading to faster results for patients.

Bacterial ID Susceptibility Instrument

A new bacterial ID susceptibility instrument that replaced outdated equipment has eliminated repetitive manual operations in the laboratory. This automated instrument is used to identify bacteria in patient samples and to determine which antibiotics are most likely to cure particular infections, thereby speeding up patient recovery. More than 30,000 such diagnostic tests are done each year. The new bacterial ID susceptibility instrument is able to test more samples and categories of antibiotics than its precedent.



Our hospitals’ Emergency & Trauma Care units must be equipped to provide initial treatment to every patient they encounter, 24 hours a day, due to the wide range of possible illness and injury and the potentially life-threatening nature of every patient’s case.

 Electric Stretchers



Two of these electric stretchers were purchased for the Emergency Department in summer 2015 to support improved patient care and comfort as well as caregiver safety thanks to the following advanced features: hydraulic controls and an electric lift allow caregivers to quickly and safely position the patient; an integrated scale weighs patients right on the stretcher, allowing for the proper dosage of mediation based on weight; and the supportive, adjustable stretcher has smooth-glide wheeled control, allowing patients to be safely and comfortably transported to the Medical Imaging Department for diagnostic tests.

Portable Vital Signs Monitors 

Three new portable vital signs monitors are now being used in the Emergency Department for the continual monitoring of a patient’s pulse rate, ECG rhythm, blood pressure, respiratory rate and body temperature. This information helps medical staff to assess a patient’s cardiac and respiratory systems during diagnosis and treatment. The purchase of these new vital signs monitors increased the capacity of the Emergency Department, as they are being used in acute cubicles for the management of more severely injured or ill patients. These monitors are portable, so they can also be used during transport to the Medical Imaging Department, the Intensive Care Unit or an operating room.


Every year, thousands of patients at our hospitals need care other than surgical. Both the Royal Jubilee and Victoria General provide expert care for patients who require treatment for one or more conditions or who are managing chronic illnesses.

 Electric Dialysis Chairs

The Dialysis Unit at Royal Jubilee has two new electric dialysis chairs for patients with kidney disease who require regular hemodialysis. These dialysis chairs fully recline, which means that they can be used with patients who are required to lie supine for urgent peritoneal dialysis, thus avoiding the need for an acute hemodialysis start. The power adjustable seat height and reclining positions improve patient comfort and reduce staff back strain.

Specialty Low Bed Frames

The Neurosciences Inpatient Unit at Victoria General has six new low bed frames. These specialty hospital beds help to protect patients with head and spinal injuries, who are often at a high risk of falling; these ultra-low beds with high rails, a weight-change alarm and battery back-up system have been specifically designed to minimize the risk of patient falls. With additional features like a built-in scale to allow for the proper dosage of any required medication, these beds allow caregivers to meet the health and safety needs of vulnerable patients.



Victoria General Hospital is the Island’s pediatric specialty hospital, where a team of pediatric experts works collectively to ensure that every child in need receives immediate, specialized care.

Critical Care Cribs

In early 2015, three new cribs were purchased for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Victoria General to replace cribs that were more than 20 years old. These new critical care cribs were specially designed by a former Pediatric Intensive Care doctor to meet the unique needs of premature and critically ill infants. Smaller than a typical hospital bed and equipped with a pressure-reduction mattress to protect fragile premature-baby skin, their adjustable rails and crib height give caregivers improved access to their tiny patient. Other important features include a built-in scale so that the baby does not have to be moved to be weighed, and special attachments for life-saving equipment, such as an oxygen tank, intravenous (IV) drip, warming light and vital signs monitor. These specialty cribs are particularly suited to meet the needs of larger term babies who require intensive care such as respiratory support but are too large for or do not need the warming feature of an incubator. It is estimated that 30% to 40% of babies in the NICU will be cared for in one of these new critical care cribs during their hospital stay.

Children’s Activity Kits, Toys and Games

To help reduce the anxiety involved in a child’s hospital experience, healthcare professionals called Child Life Specialists are available to help educate, prepare and reassure children and their families before, during and after hospitalization. The team provides children with toys and activities to keep them busy and to comfort and distract them while they are being cared for. New age-appropriate activity kits, toys and games purchased for the Child Life program at Victoria General provide fun diversions and amusements to make the experience of hospital care more positive for our young patients.



The Royal Jubilee Hospital provides comprehensive mental health services for patients with various conditions including acute psychiatric illness and for those living with long-term mental health challenges.

BoosterBuddy App

Enhancements and upgrades have been made to BoosterBuddy, a groundbreaking free app that helps youth track and manage their mental health in a fun, engaging way. BoosterBuddy was developed in collaboration with teenagers and families to monitor and boost youth mental health. With users across North America, in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, BoosterBuddy has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since it launched in fall 2014!


Victoria General Hospital is Vancouver Island’s Neurosciences Centre. Neurosciences and Rehabilitation teams care for people who require brain or spinal treatment or who have rehabilitation needs following an illness, injury or surgery.

Ultrasound Machine

The ultrasound machine purchased for the Neurology Clinic in spring 2015 enables physicians to perform ultrasound-guided injections onsite at the clinic. This diagnostic tool is used to support the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from strokes, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.

Vital Signs Machine

Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs

Three tilt-in-space wheelchairs provided to the Royal Jubilee Rehabilitation Team in spring 2015 help to mobilize patients and reduce the length of time they are bedridden. These specialty wheelchairs — one of which is designed for bariatric patients — can be adjusted in multiple ways to improve patient comfort. They allow patients throughout the hospital to get mobile faster and improve their recovery time.



Dedicated Seniors Health units at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals provide enhanced assessment and therapy for seniors with acute care needs. Medical teams work together to return patients to their optimum level of function.

Patient Garden at Gorge Road Hospital

The patient garden at Gorge Road Hospital was refreshed and beautified to provide its residents with a relaxing, attractive outdoor space for fresh air and outdoor recreation. Its design incorporates elder-friendly elements to accommodate residential-care patients with dementia and other conditions.

Non-Invasive Bladder Scanner

A non-invasive bladder scanner monitors urine volume to help diagnose and assess bladder conditions. A new portable bladder scanner is now in the Seniors Outpatient Clinic to assist the continence program nurses who provide support to members of the community.



Dedicated surgical teams work with leading-edge technology in specialized surgical suites at both hospitals to help their patients to experience safer, less-invasive surgical procedures and shorter, more comfortable recovery times.

Holmium Lasers

A holmium laser system is a safe, precise surgical tool used during endoscopic urology procedures like prostate resections. Two new minimally invasive lasers are now being used by both hospitals. They replaced equipment that was over 15 years old.


Minimally Invasive Surgery Towers for ENT

 Two MIS towers purchased in early 2016 for use at Victoria General and Royal Jubilee hospitals allow ENT specialists to perform image-guided, minimally invasive ear, nose and throat procedures, which result in safer surgery, faster recovery times and less discomfort for patients. These two new MIS towers replace 12+ year old ENT surgical equipment.