Clinical nurse Leigh Ironside, site supervisor Ross Griffiths and Proserpine Hospital's Director of Nursing Nicola Young onsite at the Proserpine Hospital up-grade on Monday.
Clinical nurse Leigh Ironside, site supervisor Ross Griffiths and Proserpine Hospital's Director of Nursing Nicola Young onsite at the Proserpine Hospital up-grade on Monday. Peter Carruthers

Hospital gets a big makeover

IF YOU have visited the Proserpine Hospital the hard hats, skip bins and cordoned off areas probably have tipped you off to the fact there are major works going on.

Stage one of a multi-million dollar upgrade is currently underway and Queensland Health is letting the community know there maybe some changes that affect you.

Patients needing to access the Emergency Department, Specialist Outpatients Department and X-ray units are being asked to enter through the main entrance and ask for further direction from staff.

The upgrade began four weeks ago and is to be complete by December this year.

Improvements are being made to the Emergency Department, Specialist Outpatient rooms and the Acute Primary Care Clinic.

Director of Nursing Nicola Young said the multi- million construction project would create some additional clinical space and give the areas a fresh new look.

"The first stage is building some more consulting rooms adjacent to the Emergency Department so this work means there are some important changes for the public to be aware of," Ms Young said.

As a result of these works entry to the Emergency Department, Specialist Outpatients Department, X-ray and ultrasound has moved.

"The location of waiting areas has changed so we are asking everyone to continue to come in through the main entry where our friendly staff will re-direct them to the appropriate location," she said.

Construction workers have been on site for four weeks with the redevelopment expected to take around nine months to complete.

Ms Young said while the construction work would create some temporary interruptions over the coming months, staff were excited about the improvements it would bring.

"During construction the size of the waiting areas will be smaller so we're asking the community to limit the number of people they bring to appointments with them otherwise it will be very crowded," she said.

The redevelopment includes building an extra treatment bay within the Emergency Department and creating a dedicated triage area to assess patients when they first arrive.

At the end of the refurbishment the Emergency Department will have five treatment bays, a trauma room and a procedure room.

"The dedicated triage area will provide more privacy for patients when they come into the hospital and explain their condition to the nurse," Ms Young said.

The number of consulting rooms in the Specialist Outpatients Department will increase from four to seven. Ms Young said these areas would have new floor coverings, paint and some new furnishings.


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