Stages one and two of the renovation work in the Accidents and Emergency (A&E) Unit of Mt Hagen Hospital has been completed and patients are now being treated there.
The new-look unit which was completed last week is air-conditioned and has a number of cubicles for critically-ill and wounded patients to be kept and closely monitored and treated.
Stages one and two includes an emergency treatment area, a minor theatre, a work station for clinicians, a drug storage room, showers and toilets for in-patients and a tea room for staff.
The renovation work has taken contractor, Kameka Builders Ltd, almost five months to complete.
Work on the third and last stage which includes renovating the old adult out-patients department (AOPD) and the clinicians’ consultation rooms on the eastern end will start immediately and is expected to be completed in the next two months.
The job will also include a treatment area, an office for the clinicians, several observation rooms for patients requiring close attention and a drugs storage room.
Once the last stage is completed, the accidents and emergency and adult out-patients departments would be more spacious and would allow clinical staff to provide an improved and more efficient service to patients.
In its ongoing efforts to provide an improved health care service for the people of Western Highlands, the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority has spent in excess of K720,000 to renovate both the A&E and AOPD.
Emergency Physician, Dr John Junior McKup said the first impression that any patient had of the kind of service that the hospital provided was at the A&E and AOPD and he was thankful to the WHPHA for renovating the building.
He said the new-look building was more conducive for emergency treatment and was also a morale-booster for the clinicians to work in and help treat patients, especially in emergency cases.