CHARLEVILLE HOSPITAL TO FULLY REOPEN
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.