Work begins on Maclean hospital
A REDEVELOPMENT bringing state-of-the-art equipment to Maclean District Hospital’s emergency department got under way last week.
The redevelopment is largely the result of a “very generous” bequeath that was left to the hospital, according to Dan Madden, executive officer of the Maclean hospital. Commonwealth funding has also come through over the last year for emergency departments Australia-wide, and the Maclean Hospital Auxiliary had also been effective and generous with its fundraising, he said.
When the redevelopment is finished in four months, the emergency department will be completely refurbished and be a “modern, up-to-date and fully equipped” facility, Mr Fadden said.
During the redevelopment, the emergency department and medical imaging department are moving to the operating theatre to provide clear access to the building team.
The relocated emergency department will be accessed via the main entrance to the hospital during this period. Alternative access points will be via the lower car park and up the disabled access ramp into the rear of the operating theatre complex, or via Union Street next to Community Health, along the ramp walkway into level one and down the lifts to the ground floor.
During the redevelopment period, all related emergency department services including telephonists, reception and waiting area will be relocated.
During the demolition works, it may be necessary for some patients requiring X-rays beyond the capability of the mobile imaging machine, to be referred to either Grafton Base or Lismore Base hospitals to undergo their X-Rays.
Non-urgent surgery patients will be treated after the operating theatre reopens. Semi-urgent surgery patients, where the patients will not be able to receive their operations within the designated benchmark time, will be offered the opportunity to have their surgery at either Grafton Base or Lismore Base hospitals.
Northern NSW Local Health Network and the Maclean District Hospital management apologise for any inconvenience.