Tuesday, 6 March 2018
DOCTORS will patch up patients in the Armidale Hospital’s new emergency department from tomorrow, marking a major milestone for the $60 million redevelopment.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced that the old emergency department will close tomorrow, Wednesday, 7 March.
“From 8am tomorrow morning, the old emergency department will close and all patients will be treated in the vastly improved facilities on O’Dell Street,” Mr Marshall said.
“A visit to the emergency department is not something anyone wants, however patients can look forward to a heightened quality of clinical care and comfort in this gleaming and brand new facility.
“Signs will be in place for the next month to guide patients from the old emergency department to the new, and ensure the public and passers-by are aware of this change.”
“This week planned surgical services have also commenced in the new building – tomorrow’s transfer will mean the new four storey building will truly be operational.
“After a decade of discussions and planning, it’s exciting to see this transfer of service taking place ahead of a grand opening in the coming weeks.
“This major redevelopment finally gives Armidale health facilities it deserves and can be proud of.”
Susan Heyman, Executive Director, Rural and Regional Health Services said Armidale Hospital’s state-of-the-art emergency department would serve patients well.
“The community of Armidale now has a bigger, much improved emergency department that will better meet everyone’s needs, not just now, but for years to come,” Ms Heyman said.
“The new Emergency Department incorporates the latest digital and telehealth technology. This enables Armidale to link with specialists and clinicians at other sites, such as John Hunter Hospital or Tamworth Hospital, who can provide real-time specialist health care, advice and assistance to staff treating critically ill patients.”