Stage three of the Warwick Hospital emergency department (ED) upgrade has started.
Stage two was the redevelopment of the allied health area so that the current ED can be moved there to allow for the redevelopment of the current ED area in stage three over the next five months.
Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton said patients were now being directed to the temporary emergency department.
“Access to the temporary emergency department is from Locke Street on level one of the hospital,” Ms Bolton said
“Allied health has previously moved to the specialist outpatient area as part of stage one of the project, with the allied health waiting room to become the temporary emergency department waiting room.
“Way-finding signage has been installed at the front of the hospital on Locke Street to help direct patients and visitors to the temporary emergency department.”
The temporary emergency department will be in place while the $3 million upgrade of the usual emergency department on level two is completed by late 2018.
“The upgraded emergency department will include an extra three treatment bays, four new short-stay bays, and three triage spaces including an ambulance bay,” Ms Bolton said.
“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.”