Ashburton Hospital is making some temporary changes to access from Monday.
Bernice Marra, General Manager Ashburton Health Services, says people coming to the hospital need to be aware that the new ambulance bay and surrounding area will have no access for approximately six weeks from Monday (March 13, 2017).
"The area will be completely fenced off to enable Bradfords to demolish the old ambulance bay and building developments in this area."
"All patients will need to access the hospital from the Elizabeth Street main hospital entrance, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. This includes patients presenting by ambulance."
Ambulances will access the hospital via the front entrance by the main reception area. They will take the patient through the main corridor to the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU), entering via the internal access.
Bernice says any walk-in patients will have access via the front of the hospital and will be directed to AAU just as they currently do during the day – arriving in AAU by the waiting area, presenting to the 'reception area' in AAU.
"After-Hours (between 8.00pm and 6.00am) a security guard will escort any self-presentations through the hospital into the AAU to ensure that patients do not accidently enter other parts of the hospital."
The current car parks marked 'drop off" at the front of the hospital will be reserved for the 'transport ambulance'. This will be a minimum of two parking bays
"The wheelchair access park will remain and other will be marked and regularly checked to ensure these are kept free for the transfer ambulance."
Bernice says she apologised for any disruption these temporary changes might cause and would like to thank the community for their ongoing support and cooperation while construction works continue.
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