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

Stage three of $3-million project under way at Hospital

WORK on stage three of a $3-million upgrade at Warwick Hospital has begun.

Patients are now encouraged to enter the emergency department through its temporary location at the allied health area.

Signs have been installed at the front of the hospital on Locke St to direct patients and visitors to the temporary site on level one of the hospital.

The current allied health services can be located at the specialist outpatient area in the hospital.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing, Anita Bolton said the relocation was necessary to provide much-needed improvements to the current emergency department.

"We understand the temporary changes will take a bit of getting used to but they are needed for the major works to be done.

"We apologise for any inconvenience during the project but are confident the improvements will be well worth the wait.”

The upgrades will include an extra three treatment bays, four new short stay bays and new ambulance bay spaces.

The latest statistics from the Department of Health revealed more than 90 per cent of patients admitted into Warwick's emergency department left within four hours of presenting.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board Chair Mike Horan said the upgrade had been a priority to cope with the increasing patient demand.

"Warwick Hospital's emergency department treats an average of 60 patients a day, an increase of 20 per cent over the previous year.”

"The finished emergency department will be a significant upgrade both in terms of space and patient flow,” he said.

The infrastructure improvements will provide the best care for the Southern Downs community.

Work on the emergency department is expected to be completed in five months.



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