IMPROVEMENTS TO EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT BEFORE SUMMER

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Thursday 08 November 2018
MEDIA RELEASE



IMPROVEMENTS TO EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT BEFORE SUMMER

Renovation of the current Triage area in the Emergency Department (ED) at Wonthaggi Hospital commenced last week to provide an improved space for patients and staff before the large increase of presentations expected over summer.

 

Funding for the project was received from the Department of Health and Human Services to improve safety for hospital workers and provide easy access for patients. The project will ensure the ED staff can continue to deliver safe, quality health care until the brand new ED is completed as part of the Wonthaggi Hospital’s $115m upgrade.

 

The Triage renovation is expected to take approximately 4 weeks. Services will not be disrupted, however there will be some inconvenience for patients and staff during this time. During the renovation, Triage will be conducted via the existing Ward Clerk window. ED staff will assist in directing patients to the triage location during this period.   

 

Bass Coast Health (BCH) CEO Jan Child says the redesign will improve the area by enlarging the existing Triage space to better accommodate the influx of extra people seeking emergency care over the summer months.

 

“Our presentations to the ED significantly increase over the summer and we have continued to see increases of up to 11% year on year in the ED.  As such, we need to make the service more accessible, and allow for improved privacy, for our busy times.  The renovation will also allow easier access to an Assessment Room behind the Triage Room for those patients who need to be examined.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused during these four weeks and anticipate that we will see a much improved triage area for patients and staff going forward”, she said.