Delta Hospital is an 80 bed hospital located in Ladner, in South Delta-a twenty-minute drive south of Vancouver General Hospital. The Delta Hospital Emergency Department sees approximately 31 000 patients per year in a modern facility featuring a trauma/resuscitation bay, ten acute-care monitored beds, seven fast-track bays and twelve observation unit beds. On-site internal medicine, hospitalist, and general surgery coverage augments the care offered by our team of ten regular emergency department staff physicians and about a dozen physicians who work on a casual or locum basis. All emergency physicians at the Delta Hospital are emergency medicine certified, ultrasound certified and members of the UBC clinical faculty. Delta Hospital participates in the education of both medical students and residents and is instituting a research program.