Works set to begin on exciting upgrade of busy facility
The emergency department at Canterbury Hospital is undergoing a major expansion to enable our staff to better serve our patients and their families.
Canterbury Hospital serves more than 220,000 locals in one of the fastest growing areas of Sydney.
In the past five years, the number of people presenting to the ED has increased from 40,000 a year to more than 45,000. A quarter of those are children.
Acting General Manager of Canterbury Hospital, Kiel Harvey, said the $6.5 million expansion, due to start this month, will include a new entrance to the ED and a retrofit of existing areas including the waiting room, triage area, ED Short Stay Unit and Fast Track.
“Our staff have continued to deliver excellent patient care despite a significant increase in patient numbers so it is very exciting to be delivering this project,” Mr Harvey said.
A purpose-built paediatric area with seven treatment spaces, resuscitation areas, and specialist isolation areas and amenities for our young patients and their families is a key part of the project.
“Expanding the ED to include more paediatric bays and child-friendly areas will really make a positive difference to our patients and their families,” he said.
A new medical records department will be built to allow room for the Emergency Department expansion.
The works are expected to take about 12 months.
During this time, there will be some changes to the emergency department entrance, patient drop off areas and the main driveway. All possible steps will be taken to ensure patient care is not disrupted.
In 2019 Canterbury Hospital celebrates its 90th birthday and a raft of events are being prepared to mark the milestone in October.