Barraba multipurpose service renovations open for inspection

TAKE A LOOK: Barraba locals invited to have a look at the new emergency department at the town's hospital. Photo: Barry Smith

TAKE A LOOK: Barraba locals invited to have a look at the new emergency department at the town's hospital. Photo: Barry Smith

BARRABA residents can get a sneak-peek of the town’s new emergency department this weekend.

Hospital staff will conduct a walk-through and explain how the renovation will improve patient comfort and safety on Saturday, August 12 at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am.

Manager Cathy Stein was grateful for the support that people have shown the health service throughout the last few months.

“Both the health service and the local health committee want to thank the community for their patience and helpfulness during the renovation period,” Ms Stein said.

The work has included the removal of internal walls, building of new toilets, improved access to the X-Ray department and other minor improvements to the area.

“The renovation was commenced after consultation with staff, local doctors and the community about the best layout and equipment required,” she said.

“I’m excited that the new facility will improve safety and comfort for our patients, staff, general practitioners and ambulance officers.”

Morning tea will also be available in the Day Centre between 10 and 11am for a $2 per person donation.

As a result of the upgrade, after-hours access to the emergency department has also changed.

From Friday August 18, after-hours access will be through the new emergency department entrance directly from the front driveway.

Ms Stein has assured the community that the new entrance will be clearly sign posted.

“Just press the button at the door and you’ll be met by staff who will assist you,” she said.

This new system only applies after hours and if you are arriving on-foot or in a personal vehicle.

SERVICE: After-hours service at the Barraba hospital has also changed. Photo: Barry Smith

SERVICE: After-hours service at the Barraba hospital has also changed. Photo: Barry Smith

It does not apply during normal hours or if you are being brought by ambulance.

“If you have any queries please ask the administration staff in the front office next time you visit the Health Service, they will be pleased to explain the new after-hours system,” she said.

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