Dis­rup­tion ex­pected with hospi­tal build­ing works

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Ma­jor build­ing works to cope with grow­ing de­mand for West Gipp­s­land Hospi­tal ser­vices will get un­der­way this week.

The $9.3 mil­lion project funded un­der the State govern­ment’s Re­gional Health In­fra­struc­ture Fund will pro­vide an eight-bed short stay unit along­side the emer­gency depart­ment and a third op­er­at­ing the­atre.

A new road­way to be built across the lawn area at the front of the main hospi­tal build­ing will cre­ate a new pa­tient drop-off area and more park­ing spa­ces.

How­ever, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dan Weeks fore­shad­owed there would be some sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tions for peo­ple vis­it­ing the hospi­tal while the work is un­der­taken over the next 12 months.

The main pub­lic ac­cess ar­eas af­fected will be the main hospi­tal en­try from Lands­bor­ough St, en­try to the emer­gency depart­ment and Cooinda Lodge nurs­ing home, the rear car park drop-off area and car park above the con­sult­ing suites and ac­cess to the hospi­tal via doors near the cafe­te­ria.

Mr Weeks said that be­cause the projects were tak­ing place si­mul­ta­ne­ously there would be un­avoid­able dis­rup­tions for vis­i­tors, staff and pa­tients es­pe­cially re­lat­ing to traf­fic man­age­ment.

He said reg­u­lar up­dates would be posted on the hospi­tal’s web­site, through­out the hospi­tal and in lo­cal me­dia.

Mr Weeks said the new fa­cil­i­ties were not part of the longert­erm plans for the WGH but would give much-needed ad­di­tional short term ca­pac­ity to meet de­mand for ser­vices.

The short stay unit will re­lieve ac­com­mo­da­tion pres­sure in the emer­gency depart­ment, stream­line ser­vice for pa­tients and make more beds avail­able in in­pa­tient units but dur­ing the con­struc­tion stage re­quires clo­sure of the round­about and pa­tient drop-off area at the front en­trance to the hospi­tal.

Peo­ple at­tend­ing Cooinda Lodge will need to park at the rear and en­ter via the rear doors.

Re­served park­ing spa­ces for those at­tend­ing Cooinda and those set aside for dis­abil­ity park­ing will be moved closer to Lands­bor­ough St and a tem­po­rary al­la­bil­i­ties ramp will pro­vide ac­cess to the main hospi­tal en­trance and the emer­gency depart­ment.

Staff, pa­tients and vis­i­tors at­tend­ing the Mary Sargeant build­ing and the rear of­fices and meet­ing rooms should use the cart park in Ley St.

The new road­way at the front of the hospi­tal will dis­rupt en­try from Lands­bor­ough St at times and the foot­path clos­est to the front of the main build­ing will be closed.

West Gipp­s­land Health­care Group’s gen­eral man­ager sup­port ser­vices Tanya Heaney-Vogt and di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices Justin Walsh look over plans for the new works at the War­ragul hospi­tal and tem­po­rary ac­cess ar­range­ments ahead of this week’s start to the project.

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