Interior Health has posted a Request for Proposals for consultant services to renovate the current pediatric unit on 5 South at Royal Inland Hospital to better meet the needs of both general pediatric and child psychiatry patients.
“These renovations will help ensure the environment at Royal Inland is safe and comfortable for some of our youngest and most vulnerable patients,” Health Minister Terry Lake said in a statement.
The successful proponent will provide design and construction consulting services to transform two existing psychiatric inpatient rooms, a consultation area and the staff room on the pediatric unit into an integrated space with a private consultation room and a comfortable youth lounge area.
The renovation project will include creation of a new quiet room for observation. A dedicated washroom, shower and nurse’s station will also be built into the unit.
The existing outdoor recreational area on a patio off 5 South will be renovated to create a more welcoming space for all children, youth and their families to use.
“Today’s announcement is another example of continued investment in RIH as the tertiary referral site for Kamloops and the surrounding area,” Interior Health Board Chair Norman Embree said in the statement. “These services help young people not only within Kamloops but from across the region.”
Budgets and timelines will be finalized once planning is complete.