Volunteer tests new hospital
NOT only can she tell you where the beds are at the new Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service, Annette Alexander can tell you whether they are comfortable.
Yesterday the $21.5 million state-of-the-art medical complex in Hoskyn Drive opened its doors to the public after a weekend of moving patients from the old hospital.
As a hospital volunteer, Annette was supposed to be meeting people and directing them to the different areas of service; instead she was one of the first to stay and be treated at the bright, modern facility.
Annette slipped on her bathroom floor on Thursday and may have torn a ligament in her leg and cracked a bone in her wrist.
After moving from the old building, Annette said the new hospital was well laid out and was what the region desperately needed.
“It’s nice to have all the services under one roof,” she said.
“It’s about time we had a modern facility.”
When she recovers, Annette will join nine other volunteers who will help people find the different services the hospital has combined.
Director of nursing and service manager Rhylla Webb said the transition to the new building had gone smoothly with every service operational on the first day.
“So far we’ve had people admitted to the emergency department and we have normal clinics operating like oral health and mental health; we have not cancelled any services today,” she said.
The facility has 22 inpatient beds, including rehabilitation and two palliative care beds, with two full-time doctors.
It also has an imaging department with an X-ray and ultrasound room as well as a private practice.