Extensions planned for hospital

Work on extensions to Byron District Hospital’s emergency department are due to start on Monday.

The extensions will see the construction of a safe assessment room which will provide a dedicated room for patients with a mental illness.

 The hospital’s acting executive officer, Kerryn York, said during this period the emergency department would be relocated into the hospital’s operating theatre, which would result in changes to access and patient flow in the hospital.

“Due to the unavailability of the operating theatre, alternative arrangements are in place with neighbouring hospitals to utilise their operating theatres,” Ms York said.

“We would like to apologise in advance for the inconvenience these temporary arrangements will cause to patients and visitors during this period.

“I would like to reassure patients waiting for surgery that these arrangements will not result in any delays.”

Ms York said the entry, reception/triage and waiting area of the emergency department would remain the same.

She said ambulance entry to the department would be through the public entry to the department.

Ambulance vehicles would have a dedicated turning area for access.

The emergency department carpark area would be closed to all, except emergency vehicles, deliveries and drop-off and pick-up vehicles.

Construction of the safe assessment room is expected to be complete in eight to 12 weeks.

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