Changes to access at GWH casualty unit
10:20am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Latest News
LAST month work began to transform the Emergency Department at Great Western Hospital, involving a complete refurbishment of the department and a new dedicated children’s unit.
The work is being done in phases and from mid-September the second phase, involving the refurbishment of the current waiting area will begin.
From lunchtime on Monday, September 16, the main entrance to the Emergency Department will be temporarily closed and walk-in patients requiring emergency treatment will be re-directed through an alternative entrance.
Walk-in patients requiring emergency treatment will need to enter the Emergency Department via the West entrance of the hospital.
This is round to the right-hand side of the main hospital entrance adjacent to the 20 minute visitor parking bays.
There will be enhanced signage and arrows around the hospital directing people to the new entrance and thanks to the support of hospital volunteers, way-finders will be positioned along the route to ensure patients know the way.
Ambulance crews will not be affected and will continue to bring in patients via the normal route, and the car park outside the Emergency Department will also still be in use.
Wheelchairs will be made available for patients along the West entrance corridor, and the level of ‘pay as you go’ wheelchairs stored at the front of the hospital will be kept regularly maintained.
With the main entrance to the department closed, this will allow work to be done to replace seating and flooring in the waiting area and install a new reception. The Emergency Department doors will also be replaced and moved to stop gusts of cold air coming in which can be uncomfortable for people.
The temporary entrance is expected to be in place until the end of October, when the main entrance of the Emergency Department will re-open again.
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