Part of the front lawn of West Gippsland Hospital has been fenced off to allow for a new roadway to join the first and second driveways off Landsborough Street and create a much needed new 27 bay car parking area.
The works are part of a $9.3 million project to build an eight-bed Short Stay Unit to support the Emergency Department and a third operating theatre to meet the growing demand for hospital and health services.
West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks, said the new roadway would provide a new patient drop off area at the front of the hospital and much needed additional car parking.
“The construction of the new Short Stay Unit being built next to the Emergency Department has resulted in the loss of the roundabout and patient drop off area that was previously located near the front door to the hospital.”
“Given the difficult slope of the hospital grounds, a new driveway drop off across the front lawn is considered the most practical and accessible option for people to get into the main hospital entry or the Emergency Department.
Mr Weeks said the works on the new driveway were now underway and would result in short-term changes to car parking along the first driveway to the consulting suites off Landsborough Street during March, April and May..
“A number of car parks along the first driveway will be out of action over the coming weeks however additional disability and patient parking has been created at the bottom and top of the driveway.”
“People can also park in the large carpark off Sargeant Street and access consulting suites or the main hospital via a footpath.”
Mr Weeks said unfortunately the construction of a new roadway across the front of the hospital would require removing some trees.
“While none of the trees are native and do not require a permit to remove, we are saddened to see some go.”
“An independent arborist has undertaken a thorough assessment of all trees and shrubs at the front of the hospital and assessed each for current health and likely root impact or survival as a result of the driveway and car park construction.
“Fortunately, we have been able to retain (preserve) five out of the six large Pin Oak trees that line the consulting suites driveway. We will lose one where the new roadway links to the existing driveway.”
Mr Weeks acknowledge that the works will cause unavoidable disruption and apologised for the inconvenience for some people.
“We currently have three construction projects underway at the hospital which has placed considerable challenges on parking and access. While the projects do not form part of longer term plans for the hospital, this new Short Stay Unit, third Operating Theater and new roadway and car park will provide much needed short-term additional capacity to cope with the growing demand.“
“We encourage people to allow extra time for parking and to follow the directions of traffic controllers who will be guiding traffic during the works.
Regular weekly updates regarding disruptions and progress of the works can be found at: www.wghg.com.au or by contacting the Facilities Management Team on 5623 0611 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking at West Gippsland Hospital during building works
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There are three major construction projects underway at West Gippsland Hospital
- Eight-bed Short Stay Unit being constructed near the main entry to the hospital next to the Emergency Department
- Third Operating Theater site at the rear of the hospital above the Consulting Suites driveway off Landsborough Street.
- A new roadway and car parking bay along the front of the Hospital to link the two main driveways off Landsborough Street.
Parking for people wishing to enter the hospital
- People can enter the front door to the hospital by walking up the pathway beside the builders fencing to the main door or to the Emergency Department. A number of disability and short term patient pick up drop off parking spaces have been designated near the front of the hospital.
- A large illuminated sign has been installed at the front of the hospital with directions for visitors.
Wheelchair access or assistance to enter the hospital
Directional signage has been erected at the main entrance driveway directing people with special needs to follow the painted fluorescent yellow line on the roadway through the main hospital car park to Ley Street to the rear of the Emergency Department. Three car parks have been designated for 5 minute drop off only. In addition an intercom has been installed outside the veranda door at the rear of the Emergency Department to allow for patient admissions out of hours. A volunteer concierge team is available during working hours to direct patients.
The entrance at the rear of Emergency department provides flatter ground for people to enter.
Pick up of discharged hospital patients
Patients discharged from hospital in wheelchairs will exit via the Community Rehabilitation Centre (CRC). Two car parks next to the concrete ramp directly opposite the CRC building have been allocated for 5 minute patient pick up only.
Access to Cooinda Lodge Aged Care residences
People can park at the rear of Cooinda off Ley Street and enter via the rear entry doors into Cooinda or they can come through the main hospital doors and enter Cooinda via the hospital green corridor.
Access to District Nursing, Haemodialysis, Mary Sargeant building
Patients and visitors who need to attend the Mary Sargeant building for District Nursing and Haemodialysis are being advised to park in the car park off Ley Street and enter via District Nursing front entrance where disability parking is also provided.
Staff and visitors accessing rear officers, meeting rooms and seminar room will also need to enter via Ley Street.
Information for Consulting Suites patients
A fence has been erected around the front lawn of the hospital to construct a new roadway to link the consulting suites driveway to the main hospital driveway off Landsborough Street. The project will create a new patient drop of area at the front of the hospital and a new 27 bay car park.
Works to construct the new carparks and road will run from March until June (approx. 11 weeks).
- Patient parking is available along Consulting Suites driveway at the beginning of the driveway and at the top of the driveway for patients and for people with a disability.
- People can also park in the large car park off Sargeant Street where car parks have been reserved for consulting suite patients and disability parking. A pathway links the car park to the consulting suites and hospital entry near Endoscopy/Oncology.
- The quadrangle area at the very top of the consulting suites driveway near Consulting Suite 3 has been closed to vehicles to allow for construction of a third operating theater.
- There will be trucks entering driveways at various times during the construction. People are encouraged to obey traffic controllers at all times.
- Visitors are advised to allow extra time for car parking while the works take place.
Allow extra time for parking
Visitors are encouraged to allow extra time for car parking throughout this time and to follow traffic controllers at all times.
Regular site updates will be posted on this website.