FRESH START: Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton is proud of the new private and dedicated spaces created through the $3 million emergency department upgrade.
FRESH START: Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton is proud of the new private and dedicated spaces created through the $3 million emergency department upgrade. Elyse Wurm

LOOK INSIDE: Hospital reveals huge $3m upgrade

BETTER privacy, dedicated treatment spaces and more space awaits patients who walk through the doors at Warwick Hospital's new emergency department.

The $3-million upgrade has been two years in the making and has seen the department grow by about 60percent.

Director of nursing Anita Bolton said rather than operating as a GP-style clinic, it now ran as a fully functioning emergency department, which was officially opened yesterday.

The number of treatment bays has increased from three to six and it also features a dedicated paediatric room, four short-stay bays, shower facilities for immobile patients and a private space for initial assessments.

Ms Bolton said the plastering area, which used to be in a hallway, is now also confined to its own room.

"You can expect a lot more privacy and appropriate care," Ms Bolton said.

"You used to come in and sit in chairs then go into the doctor's room, now you have bays and cubicles and they come to you."

Ms Bolton said funding was announced by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board about two years ago.

The electrical and sewerage systems were upgraded first, before work began on revamping the rest of the department.

Seeing an average of 56 patients every day, the emergency department at Warwick Hospital is the second biggest behind Toowoomba in the Darling Downs and South Burnett regions.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board chair Mike Horan officially opened the department yesterday.

Mr Horan said of the patients the department assisted on a daily basis, most were in category one to three, which are the most serious cases, including car crashes.

"This redevelopment is to the front door of the hospital," Mr Horan said.

"It's something Warwick has needed for a long time."



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