Patient privacy and staff safety to improve at Kings County Memorial Hospital
Patient privacy and staff safety will greatly improve as a result of renovations at Kings County Memorial Hospital (KCMH) in Montague that start on Monday, September 16.
Improvements will be carried out on the front entrance to ensure patient confidentiality when registering for the emergency department or ambulatory care services and to improve the flow of patients and visitors in the building. The laboratory has outgrown its current space and work also needs to be done to address staff safety and infection control issues to meet current standards.
“We are pleased to see these renovations go ahead. The work will greatly improve how we provide services to our patients and the work space for our staff,” said KCMH administrator, Edna Miller. “Patient safety is our priority and we will lessen any impact to patients, staff and physicians as we make these improvements to our hospital.”
During the renovations there will be changes in how patients access services at KCMH. Signage will be posted to direct patients and visitors.
“KCMH plays an important role in supporting the health and well-being of Islanders in Montague and the surrounding areas. “Making improvements to our community hospitals ensures we can continue to provide high quality care and services to Islanders across the province and make sure our staff have a safe place to work.”
- Minister of Health and Wellness James Aylward
The tender for the project was recently awarded to Strategic Construction at a cost of $750,000 and the work is expected to be completed in March 2020. Priority repairs in recent years carried out at KCMH include replacing the emergency back-up generator and emergency transfer switch, and upgrading the medical gas system and roof.
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