Longer wait­ing time for emer­gency dept

Hills Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL -

PA­TIENTS pre­sent­ing to the emer­gency depart­ment at Northam Hos­pi­tal are warned they face longer than usual wait­ing times as the depart­ment un­der­goes a re­fur­bish­ment.

The re­de­vel­op­ment of the emer­gency depart­ment is sched­uled to be­gin in Novem­ber and run un­til May 2018.

WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice Wheat­belt re­gional di­rec­tor Sean Con­lan said staff would move into the tem­po­rary emer­gency depart­ment on Novem­ber 1.

“Staff will be par­tic­u­larly busy on that day as they tran­si­tion into the tem­po­rary ED and fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“For pa­tients pre­sent­ing to ED with non-ur­gent med­i­cal is­sues, longer than usual wait­ing times may be ex­pe­ri­enced.

“We thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity in ad­vance for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing on this day.”

All ser­vices will re­main op­er­a­tional dur­ing the re­fur­bish­ment.

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