Major building project starts - changes to wheelchair access

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Saturday 17 November 2018
The patient drop off roundabout at the front main entrance of West Gippsland Hospital IS CLOSED TO VEHICLES as construction starts on a new 8 bed Short Stay Unit to support the Emergency Department.

However, people can still walk up the pathway beside the builder's fencing into the main hospital entrance and Emergency Department (ED). 

People in wheel chairs or who need assistance to enter the hospital can use an alternative patient drop off area at the rear of the Emergency Department. This way they will not have to navigate the slope at the front of the hospital

1. Drop off for patients requiring wheelchair access or assistance to enter the hospital:
Directional signage has been erected at the main entrance driveway directing people with special needs to follow the painted fluorescent yellow line on the roadway through the main hospital car park to Ley Street to the rear of the Emergency Department. Two car parks have been designated for 5 minute drop off only. In addition an intercom has been installed outside the veranda door at the rear of ED to allow for patient admissions out of hours.

2. Parking bays at the front of hospital closest to Cooinda Lodge have been signed for disabled parking and patient pick up drop off only:
This area is designated for patients and their carers who are able to access the hospital by themselves (by foot) by following the painted pedestrian crossing alongside the hoardings to the front of the hospital.

3. Access to Cooinda Lodge:
People who usually use the front Cooinda entry and ramp will be disrupted until a new temporary ramp is built. They can park at the rear of Cooinda off Ley Street and enter via the rear entry doors into Cooinda or they can come through the main hospital and enter Cooinda via the hospital green corridor.

4. Quadrangle and rear drop off area at the top of the Consulting Suites driveway:
The rear drop off area and quadrangle at the top of the first driveway off Landsborough Street past the consulting suites is NOW CLOSED to enable construction of the third theatre.
  • Patients and visitors who need to attend the Mary Sargeant building for District Nursing and Haemodialysis are being advised to park in the car park off Ley Street and enter via District Nursing front entrance where disability parking is also provided.
  • Staff and visitors accessing rear officers, meeting rooms and seminar room will also need to enter via Ley Street.

5. Pick up of discharged patients
Patients discharged in wheelchairs will exit via the Community Rehabilitation Centre (CRC). Two car parks next to the concrete ramp directly opposite the CRC building have been allocated for 5 minute patient pick up only.


WGHG Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks, apologised for the inconvenience these arrangements will cause for some people but they have been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors.

“We are encouraging people to allow extra time if they need to visit the hospital to allow for car parking.”

The $9.3M project to construct an eight-bed short stay unit alongside the Emergency Department and a third operating theatre on level one of the main hospital are funded under the Victorian Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Funding (RHIF) project. A new roadway will be also constructed in the coming months across the lawn area at the front of the hospital to increase car parking and create a new patient drop off area.

Mr Weeks said the projects would provide much needed short-term additional physical capacity on site to cope with the growing demands for services.

“While the projects do not form part of longer term plans for the hospital, this new Short Stay Unit and Third Theatre will provide much needed short-term additional capacity to cope with the growing demand.“

Regular weekly updates regarding disruptions and progress of the works can be found at: www.wghg.com.au or by contacting the Facilities Management Team on 5624 0595 or emailing: facilities@wghg.com.au