NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT: Nurse unit manager of the emergency department Janet Reid and director of nursing Anita Bolton are instructing patients to enter the  Emergency Department through it's temporary site at allied health services.
NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT: Nurse unit manager of the emergency department Janet Reid and director of nursing Anita Bolton are instructing patients to enter the Emergency Department through it's temporary site at allied health services. Nicole Zurcas

Notice changes at the hospital? $3m upgrade moves ahead

BIG changes are under way at Warwick Hospital with millions being spent to upgrade the emergency department to create more space for patients.

Signage at the Warwick Hospital has been increased to direct patients through renovations, following demand from patients.

Work on the $3million upgrade began in June and had services relocated to accommodate the temporary emergency department.

The hospital has put up more signs throughout the hospital and outside the entrance, to direct people to the temporary departments.

The emergency department is off Locke St, at the old Allied Health Services, which has been relocated at the specialist outpatient area in the hospital.

Phase two finished relocation of the emergency department, the permanent relocation of the pharmacy and building of a new corridor to x-ray.

Refurbishment of the emergency department and the ambulance turning bay, which were completely stripped for the renovations, has begun.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton said the renovation project was coming along nicely and working towards its estimated completion date.

"The upgrades are currently on track to be completed within the expected time of early to mid-November,” Ms Bolton said.

"Thank you to our patients and visitors to the hospital for their patience during these works.

"While there are inconveniences now, the works will result in a better hospital for the community.”

The upgraded emergency department will include three extra treatment bays, four new short stay bays and three triage spaces including an ambulance bay.

"The temporary spaces are working well, but patients and visitors are encouraged to follow the signs when accessing services at the hospital and to ask a staff member if they are unsure,” Ms Bolton said.

The infrastructure improvements will provide the best care for the Southern Downs, with over 19,000 patients admitted to the Warwick Hospital emergency department over the past year.



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