A two-year, $8.69 million State Government-funded rectification works program at Charleville Hospital will be finished in the next fortnight.
South West Hospital and Health Service Chief Operations Officer Meryl Brumpton said just about all the rectification works – including the complete replacement of the plumbing system – were done.
“It’s now mostly a matter of returning wards and various service units from their various temporary locations to their original areas,’’ she said.
Ms Brumpton said the main general ward of the hospital, along with the maternity unit, already had moved back to the upper floor of the hospital.
“We expect the operating theatre also to return upstairs in the next week,’’ she said.
The works were designed primarily to rectify fire safety, water supply and electrical systems that were deemed no longer up to standard due to the age of the hospital.
But they also included some improvements to ward and service areas.
“For instance, 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 purposebuilt shelving so we can house all our emergency equipment in the one place,’’ she said.
“Importantly, 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.
“This will make it much easier for patients to access the hospital after hours.
“Although most of the work we have done to improve fire, water and electrical systems is not immediately visible because it’s behind walls and ceilings, we also have new ceilings throughout much of the hospital, a new lobby, new lift, new floor coverings and a new paint job for much of the interior.
“These will give the hospital a much fresher and cleaner feel.’’