Work has started this week on the $3 million upgrade of Warwick Hospital’s emergency department.
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board Chair Mr Mike Horan said the construction tender had been awarded to FK Gardner & Sons Pty Ltd.
“The work will be staged so we are hoping there will be minimal disruption to clinical services at the hospital,” Mr Horan said.
“The first stage includes the relocation of allied health services and then the pharmacy so the temporary emergency department can be set up while construction is underway.
“The finished emergency department will be a significant upgrade both in terms of space and patient flow.
“It has been designed in consultation with doctors, nurses and other stakeholders such as the Queensland Ambulance Service to maximise the treatment space options.
“It will include an extra three treatment bays, four new short-stay bays, and three triage spaces including an ambulance bay.”
Mr Horan said the Board had funded the emergency department (ED) upgrade as a priority to cope with increases in demand.
“Warwick Hospital’s emergency department now treats an average of 60 patients a day, an increase of about 20 per cent over the previous year,” Mr Horan said.
“It is important that infrastructure keeps up with these increases so our hard-working staff can provide the best possible care to the Southern Downs community.”
Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton said temporary way-finding signs would be in place at the front of the hospital to direct patients and visitors on where to go during the construction phase.
“We know the temporary arrangements may take a bit of getting used to and we appreciate the community’s patience while these works are undertaken,” Ms Bolton said.
“We look forward to welcoming the community to the much-improved new ED later this year.”
Relocation and temporary ED works have started this week with construction set to start in the existing ED mid-year with expected completion by November 2018.