Work surrounding the Ambulance Bay at Ashburton Hospital is now complete and access will be reinstated tomorrow (Friday 28th April).
The work took seven weeks and involved demolishing the old Ambulance Bay and ground work, including sealing the driveway and establishing kerbing.
Bernice Marra, Ashburton Health Services Manager, says completion of this work means the after-hours entry and exit will be reinstated.
"For staff and visitors, this means there will be no entry through the Main Entrance after 8pm – it is through the entry beside the new build, to the right of the Main Entry. An automatic door lock has been installed on the Main Entrance doors to accommodate this," Bernice says.
People are also encouraged to exit via the doors near Acute Assessment Unit, which are identified as the After Hours Exit, she says.
"Also a reminder that the parking spaces where the old Ambulance Bay is remain reserved for ambulances only, in order to help with the flow of patients."
Bernice says Ashburton residents are also reminded their GP team should be their first call for #carearoundtheclock.
"Unless it's an emergency when you should call 111, always make your general practice team your first call 24/7 when you, or someone in your family is sick," she says.
"If it's after hours, or your general practice is closed, you'll be able to speak to a nurse who will give you free health advice."
Bernice says the nurse can advise you on what to do and where to go if you need urgent care.
"Just phone your usual general practice number and you'll get care around the clock," she says.
If you are not enrolled with a general practice, you can call any general practice number after hours for free advice.
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