Elective surgery will re-commence at West Gippsland Hospital from Monday July 15 following the completion of repair works on the existing theatres.
Chief Executive Officer Dan Weeks said air monitoring results of the repaired theatres have been favourable and meet all the requirements to perform sterile procedures.
“This is terrific news after an extremely difficult and disruptive period. The unexpected closure of our theatres has impacted on patients, staff and the community and I would like to thank everyone for their patience.”
“We have 40 patients booked for elective surgery next week and are contacting patents on waiting lists to re-schedule dates for their surgery.”
The operating theatres were closed in early May after construction works being undertaken to build a new adjoining third theatre compromised air quality in the existing theatres.”
As a result all elective surgery was cancelled at WGHG while rectification works were undertaken to reseal the theatres with new vinyl walls, ceiling, floor and fittings.
A temporary emergency procedure room was established to deal with emergency surgeries during the closure period.
Mr Weeks thanked neighbouring health services for their assistance in accepting surgical referrals, particularly category one patients where surgery needed to be done within 30 days. Thank you to Latrobe Regional Hospital, Casey, Monash, Bass Coast Health, Gippsland Southern Health and Neerim District Health Service.”
“WGHG also thanks patients, staff medical consultants, and the community for their patience during this challenging period.”
Mr Weeks said it has been a challenging 6 months for the hospital with three major construction projects underway simultaneously.
This week we were pleased to re-open pedestrian access to the hospital main front doors and the Emergency Department.
- The new driveway and new patient drop off area is expected to open in the next few weeks once safety fencing in installed.
- The new Short Stay Unit built to support the Emergency Department will open in early August
- The new Third Operating Theatre is on schedule to open in September.
Mr Weeks said while the main front doors were open for people to walk in there was no vehicle access or patient drop off near the front doors until the new driveway opened.
People who need to use a wheel chair to get in or need help to get in to hospital should drive into the main driveway off Landsborough Street and follow the painted yellow line on the road around to the back of the Emergency Department doors.