The Border Watch : June 17th 2014
4 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au New era for hospital The newly opened area includes two new resuscitation bays for critically unwell patients, as well as a full isolation bay for contagious patients ... when the work is complete we will have an additional 12 treatment spaces, as well as new state-of-the-art emergency equipment Health Minister Jack Snelling KEY ROOMS: Mount Gambier Hospital director of nursing Paul Bullen stands at the door of one of two short stay bays at the redeveloped emergency department. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO State-of-the-art emergency facility ready for operation MOUNT Gambier Hospital director of nursing Paul Bullen says excitement is building among staff for the opening of the revamped emergency department tomorrow. “I can’t wait for it to open, I am really excited,” Mr Bullen said. “The new facility will really help with patient fl ow.” Insurance, Assurance Fully Accredited Resilium General Insurance Advisors • Motor Vehicle • House & Contents • Boat • Business • Farm • Public Liability Shop 4/7-13 Compton St, Mt Gambier 5290 1800 195 546 Mobile: 0428 374 362 Email: email@example.com Authorised Representative of Resilium Pty Ltd | AFS Licence No. 232703 4 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 647218 He said the new facilities - along with the state-of-theart equipment and design - was a fantastic opportunity to improve care. Meanwhile, South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling has also welcomed the facility opening. “South East patients will now be able to access some of the most advanced emergency department facilities in the state right here in Mount Gambier,” Mr Snelling said. “The newly opened area includes two new resuscitation bays for critically unwell patients, as well as a full isolation bay for contagious patients. “For the fi rst time, we have three dedicated paediatric bays to provide a completely separate area for children who need emergency treatment. “There are also another nine treatment bays, which include two bays with glass doors to provide the best environment for patients requiring a longer stay in the emergency department. “There will also be a new nurses’ station for our dedicated emergency department staff.” Mr Snelling said work would now begin on the second half of the emergency department, including a new waiting room for the public and a fast-track treatment room for patients arriving with minor injuries or illnesses so a nurse could treat them quickly. “When the work is complete we will have an additional 12 treatment spaces, as well as new, state-of-the-art emergency equipment,” he said. He said the next major milestone for the redevelopment would be the completion of the new SA Dental Service area, which would include four new dental chairs, increasing the service from six to 10.
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