The $24.5 million Alice Springs Hospital Emergency Department and 24 hour Medical Imaging facility is nearing completion, with minister for health David Tollner saying that the new ED is 'on track' to open by March 2013.
The new ED and imaging facility was funded with $10.9 million in territory government funding and $13.6 million from the federal government's health and hospitals fund.
"The expansion includes an additional 18 treatment spaces than the current ED, in the form of an eight-bay Primary Care Unit to fast track patients, and a ten bed short-stay facility," Mr Tollner said.
"In all, the facility will comprise a total of 31 treatment spaces including a paediatric treatment room, two secure assessment rooms and three resuscitation areas as well as triage, procedure and consultation areas, a training and education room, a reception area and staff office space."
Mr Tollner toured the new Alice Springs Hospital today (October 18) and thanked the Drovers volunteer organisation for their donation of a new $66,000 lung function machine, which was bought with proceeds from the Drovers Ball.
"The machine will support the care of many patients in Central Australia by measuring their breathing capacity and helping to make a diagnosis in people who have respiratory issues," Mr Tollner said.
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