With your support of our COVID-19 Response Fund, we are proud to have invested $175,000 to research studies taking place at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Dr. Greg Haljan, head of Surrey Memorial Hospital’s critical care department and Regional Medical Director of Research for Fraser Health, predicts that many COVID-19 survivors will be re-admitted to the hospital within one to six months of discharge if little is done to support their post-discharge care.

He is leading a research study to examine whether a multi-disciplinary, virtual rehabilitation program for COVID-19 survivors reduces re-hospitalization, quality of life, and health outcomes.

Dr. Haljan hopes to launch BC’s first COVID-19 virtual critical care rehabilitation program in Surrey. It is believed this program has potential to transform outcomes both during recovery from COVID-19 and beyond; to optimize a patient’s recovery and reduce the experience of disability. Rehabilitation interventions can help reduce consequences of severe COVID-19 including physical, cognitive, and swallow impairments, as well as emotional and mental well-being.

The multidisciplinary research study team includes physiotherapists, nurses, specialists and primary care physicians from University of British Columbia and Fraser Health, with expertise in research, frailty and virtual health, along with patient partners. This research is supported by a grant from Surrey Hospitals Foundation and TELUS Future Friendly Foundation.