Take a look at the newly released concept plans for the Murray Bridge hospital emergency department

Newly released concept plans have revealed what the layout of the new emergency department of the Murray Bridge Hospital will look like. 

The highly anticipated plans were released by the state government today and showed the new look department.

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade, said the concept plans showed the $7 million ED upgrade would deliver a sleek and modern exterior but said the most important changes would be inside the hospital.

“Crucially, the new ED will be more than double the size of the existing space,” Mr Wade said. 

“We know the demand for emergency medical care in Murray Bridge is increasing, and this upgrade will ensure that locals and people throughout the region can continue to receive the best possible patient care close to home.”

In September Minister Wade met  with Murray Bridge hospital staff, and revealed to The Standard that the concept plans would soon be unveiled. 

“I would like to thank lead architects Wiltshire Swain and the clinical stakeholders who have been involved in the concept plan design, including local GPs, doctors, nurses, SA Ambulance, infection control specialists and clinical leaders at Country Health SA,” Mr Wade said.

“I know how much they are looking forward to this upgrade and how important it is to the people of Murray Bridge and the wider community.

“I would also like to acknowledge local Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick, who has been a vocal advocate for this upgrade.”

Mr Pederick said releasing the concept plan is a key step in the journey of the redevelopment. 

“This redevelopment has been a long time coming and I am proud to be part of a state government that is delivering better outcomes in Country Health SA,” Mr Pederick said.

“I look forward to the successful completion of the emergency department and the delivery of quality health care facilities in Murray Bridge and surrounding regions.”

Included in the new ED, and as depicted in the concept plan, two resuscitation bays and seven treatment bays. 

Two procedure rooms and two consulting rooms, as well as a dedicated waiting room, a separate quiet room for vulnerable patients, a room for relatives, a lobby for ambulances, nurses’ station, staff room, offices and toilet access toilet and shower facilities will comprise the new ED. 

Construction of the ED is set to commence in mid-2019, and will be completed in stages to ensure continuity of ED services, and is expected to be completed in mid to late 2020.