The Marshall Liberal Government is today releasing to the Murray Bridge community the finalised concept plan for the revamped emergency department (ED) at the Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.
The Minister for Health and Wellbeing said the concept plan showed the $7 million ED upgrade would deliver a sleek and modern exterior but said the most important changes would be inside the hospital.
“Crucially, the new ED will be more than double the size of the existing space,” Mr Wade said.
“We know that demand for emergency medical care in Murray Bridge is increasing, and this upgrade will ensure that locals and people throughout the region can continue to receive the best possible patient care close to home.”
In September, Minister Wade met with Murray Bridge Hospital staff and clinical leaders to discuss the ED upgrade progress.
“I would like to thank lead architects Wiltshire Swain and the clinical stakeholders who have been involved in the concept plan design, including local GPs, doctors, nurses, SA Ambulance, infection control specialists and clinical leaders at Country Health SA,” Mr Wade said.
“I know how much they are looking forward to this upgrade and how important it is to the people of Murray Bridge and the wider community.
“I would also like to acknowledge local Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick, who has been a vocal advocate for this upgrade.”
Mr Pederick said releasing the concept plan is a key step in the journey of the redevelopment.
“This redevelopment has been a long time coming and I am proud to be part of a State Government that is delivering better outcomes in Country Health,” said Mr Pederick
“I look forward to the successful completion of the emergency department and the delivery of quality health care facilities in Murray Bridge and surrounding regions.”
The new ED will feature two resuscitation bays – one more than currently available – and seven treatment bays – four more than currently available.
It will also include two procedure rooms and two consulting rooms, a dedicated waiting room, a separate quiet room for vulnerable patients, a room for relatives, a lobby for ambulances, nurses’station, staff room, offices and toilet and access toilet and shower facilities.
Construction – which will be undertaken in stages to ensure continuity of ED services – will start in mid-2019 and is expected to be completed mid to late 2020.