A proposed expansion plan for West Coast General Hospital’s (WCGH) Emergency Room could help patients receive care quicker.
“What we’re considering is increasing space, so that’s 2,000 Sq. feet and redeveloping existing space to help better with our emergency room flow in the streaming of patients,” Pam Rardon, WCGH site director, said. “It’s about getting people in and getting the care going when they arrive.”
The redevelopment would cost an estimated $2 million which is subject to change after further design work.
“The project is not at a point yet that it’s approved to proceed to construction, we’re not quite there yet,” Rardon said. “It will be confirmed when we do our 2017/2018 capital planning process and that’s when we confirm the priorities and the funding availability.”
This would be WCGH’s first major emergency room redevelopment.
“The proposed changes would provide better opportunities for both physicians and nurses to observe patients as they’re here for care,” Rardon said. “It also provides a better space for our psychiatric assessment and allows admitting and reception to be right there rather then in a different space.”
In addition, the redevelopment plans include changing the entrances to the ER so they’re more accessible for patients and ambulances.