Work on the upgrade of Palmerston North Hospital’s Ambulatory Care facility is underway, beginning with the relocation of several non-clinical areas.
Ambulatory Care hosts the majority of the hospital’s outpatient clinics. A review of the facility identified that there was insufficient space to meet outpatient service requirements and the department was considered not fit for purpose. The project, which will result in greater comfort for patients and staff as well as supporting improved efficiency, is beginning with the relocation of non-clinical services to other areas of the hospital. This will be followed by the relocation of some clinical services and the alteration of existing areas within Ambulatory Care.
By moving areas such as the mailroom and clinical coding to other areas of the hospital, room will be freed up to allow clinical services, such as the cardiology outpatient and diagnostic service - currently located in various parts of the hospital - to be collocated in one area. This will mean patients who are accessing these services will no longer have to be seen in multiple areas.
The alteration work in Ambulatory Care will provide extra clinical spaces, more toilet and storage facilities, widen critical doorways, and address capacity issues in ENT and Urology.
With the alteration work soon to be underway in Ambulatory Care, MidCentral Health’s Operations Director, Hospital Services Lyn Horgan, is asking for people’s understanding while construction takes place.
She said: “This upgrade will provide a much better facility for our patients, and we are very excited about this. We are asking for understanding over the next few months as we begin construction work in the area. It is a busy facility and our contractors will do everything they can to minimise the impact of construction work, but there will no doubt be minor disruptions.
“Helping our patients to have a more comfortable time, during what can be a very stressful experience, is a priority for us, and we know that this upgrade will help achieve this goal.”
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