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THE up­grades to Charleville Hos­pi­tal are al­most com­plete, with a re­turn to full func­tion­ing in the next fort­night.

“It’s now mostly a mat­ter of re­turn­ing wards and var­i­ous ser­vice units from their var­i­ous tem­po­rary lo­ca­tions to their orig­i­nal ar­eas,” South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice chief oper­a­tions of­fi­cer Meryl Brump­ton said.

She said the main gen­eral ward and ma­ter­nity unit had al­ready moved back to the up­per floor.

“We ex­pect the op­er­at­ing theatre also to re­turn up­stairs in the next week,” she said.

The two-year, $8.69 mil­lion works were de­signed to rec­tify fire safety, wa­ter sup­ply and elec­tri­cal sys­tems that were no longer up to stan­dard.

But they also in­cluded some im­prove­ments to ward and ser­vice ar­eas.

“We took the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand the emer­gency depart­ment from one bed to two, as well as cre­at­ing some ad­di­tional space for a ded­i­cated med­i­ca­tion sta­tion and pur­pose-built shelv­ing so we can house all our emer­gency equip­ment in the one place,” Ms Brump­ton said.

“When pa­tients ar­rive at the hos­pi­tal af­ter hours, they will be able to en­ter the foyer and take the lift to the sec­ond-floor nurses’ sta­tion where the new triage desk is lo­cated.

“We also have new ceil­ings, a new lobby, new lift, new floor cov­er­ings and a new paint job for much of the in­te­rior.”


BET­TER EQUIPPED: Sally O’Gor­man checks out Charleville Hos­pi­tal’s new emer­gency ward.

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