Tangible Needs – Surrey Hospital Foundation

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Tangible Needs

Social Workers are an essential part of the team providing care at Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department (ER) and at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.

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By giving to the Tangible Needs Fund, you are helping our social workers to assist disadvantaged patients who have challenges related to poverty, marginalization and homelessness, in addition to the medical problem that brought them to hospital.

On average, social workers from Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department (ER) or the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre are called to see as many as 50 patients a day who need extra assistance because even the most basic needs—things that we take for granted—are not being met.

It could be that they have no shoes or proper cold-weather clothing or they need bus fare home and a food voucher. Other more serious needs include diabetic supplies, walking assist devices, breathing assist devices and emergency dental care, none of which are funded by the health care system.

Thanks to the generous support of individuals, churches and community groups, the Tangible Needs Fund provides our social workers with the ability to meet some of the special needs of disadvantaged patients, helping to prevent re-admission to hospital.

Click on the video below to learn how two of our social workers, Susan and Andrew, were able to help some of their patients thanks to the Tangible Needs Fund.

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