FIRE SAFETY: Warwick Hospital to see extensive safety upgrades over the coming months.
FIRE SAFETY: Warwick Hospital to see extensive safety upgrades over the coming months.

Warwick Hospital sees $1.3 million safety revamp

$1.3 MILLION in hospital upgrades won't come with a quiet cost as Warwick Hospital reveals the project could disturb patients and staff at for up to five months.

Work started last week on the fire safety project and Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton said two wards would be moved during the process.

"At different stages of the project, Phillips and Hanlon wards will be relocated to allow for works to be carried out," Ms Bolton said.

The director of nursing also said patients could be affected by the sound of construction.

"There will be some potential for noise that could disturb patients," she said.

"While we will try to minimise the disturbances, ear-pugs will be made available.

"We thank patients, visitors and staff for their understanding while this important work is carried out."

It is expected the upgrades will last until March next year and include the installation of fire and smoke walls and a zone smoke control system.

Ms Bolton said the health service had worked with Queensland Fire Emergency Services on upgrades to ensure they complied with the latest fire standards.        

A Darling Downs Health Service spokesperson said the installations would help guarantee patient safety.

"All Warwick Hospital buildings were built to conform with legislation at the time of construction and are regularly reviewed to ensure they comply with changes to the building code, and to ensure patient and staff safety is maintained," they said.

The upgrades come after Darling Downs Health Services announced in August that the hospital would receive part of a $3 million security upgrade across the region.

In a recent visit to Warwick Hospital, shadow minister for health Ros Bates said the hospital had better security than other regional facilities.

 



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