Patients requiring emergency care may access A&E using the main hospital atrium entrance. Signage and security will be in place for directions. Patients should also expect some disruptions to service including longer wait times because of reduced bed capacity.
As the planned multi-phased project to expand the department continues, the HSA would like to remind the community of the importance of utilizing A&E only in a true emergency. All A&E departments use a priority system – called 'triage' – where the most seriously ill patients are seen first.
Reasons to visit Accident & Emergency:
• Loss of consciousness
• Persistent, severe chest pain
• Breathing difficulties
• Severe bleeding
• Severe allergic reactions
• Severe burns or scalds
• Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
A&E will remain open 24 hours a day without interruption to ensure the continuity of patient care.
URGENT CARE CLINIC
The Urgent Care Clinic will temporarily relocate on Saturday, 22 July to the General Practice Clinic at the Smith Road Medical Centre. Its opening hours will remain 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM with no appointments necessary.
Persons with non-emergency needs such as flu, earache, mild sprains, cuts and colds may visit the walk-in clinic.