Major building project starts - changes to wheelchair access

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Thursday 08 November 2018
The patient drop off roundabout at the front main entrance of West Gippsland Hospital IS NOW CLOSED TO VEHICLES as construction starts on a new 8 bed Short Stay Unit to support the Emergency Department.

People can still access the front hospital entrance and Emergency Department (ED) by foot. However no vehicles will be able to drive up or park near the front door during the construction period.

As a result people in wheel chairs or who need assistance to enter the hospital are being directed to 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. Pick up of discharged patients:
Patients discharged in wheelchairs will exit the hospital via the Community Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) building. Two car parks next to the concrete ramp directly opposite the CRC entrance have been allocated for 5 minute patient pick up only.

3. 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 following the painted pedestrian crossing alongside the hoardings to the front of the hospital.

4. 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.

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