Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
WIP Construction has been awarded the contract to redesign and refurbish Mossman Hospital’s Emergency Department and associated infrastructure.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the $9.9 million upgrade to the Mossman Hospital would provide an extensive refurbishment of the Emergency Department to improve patient flow and models of care.
“This work will substantially enhance conditions for patients and staff providing a complete overhaul to enable improvements in patient flow, security and service delivery,” she said.
“The refurbishment will see key improvements to the Emergency Department including: a new triage area, a new main administration area, a new patient waiting room, four stretcher bays, an additional four rapid treatment chairs, two new consultation rooms, two resuscitation bays, a dedicated plaster room, a dedicated eye exam room, a new patient shower and toilet and a purpose fit room for medical records.
“There will also be significant improvements to the hospital’s ventilation, hydraulics and water supply systems.”
Mossman Hospital Director of Nursing and Midwifery Peter LeGriffon said the new Emergency Department design would improve Mossman Hospital’s ability to triage and treat emergency presentations.
“Our Emergency Department was designed around twenty years ago when we had an average of 5 to 10 presentations to the Emergency Department a day - but now we are averaging 35 presentations per day,” Mr LeGriffon said.
“So we are really looking forward to the upgrade. It will give our staff and patients in the Emergency Department a lot more room.
“There will also be an improved patient drop off and pick up area and a new covered ambulance bay with direct access to the Emergency Department which will enhance patient transport in all weather conditions.”
The Mossman Hospital, built in 1930, has been the centre of medical care in Mossman, and the wider community for 88 years. It is the only Queensland public hospital designed with Spanish Mission style exteriors, a design that was popularised in Australia in the late 1920s.
“As part of the work we will be reopening the iconic main entrance to incorporate and maintain heritage values into the new design,” Mr LeGriffon said.
Work is expected to start in October 2019 and be completed late 2020.
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