THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Lingiari
7 November 2012
Minister for Indigenous Health and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon has inspected the new Emergency Department (ED) at the Alice Springs Hospital, as the finishing touches are being put on the redevelopment.
Once complete the new ED will include 35 treatment cubicles, including three resuscitation bays, a fast-track area, separate children’s and psychiatric assessment areas, a 10 bed short stay unit and procedure rooms.
Mr Snowdon said the Federal Labor Government is proud to have stumped up $13.6 million dollars towards the work.
"This redevelopment will be great for patients and for the hard working staff at the Alice Springs Hospital.
"These first class treatment facilities will be second to none and will benefit the entire Central Australian community," he said.
"This work is a tribute to all those involved, from the staff at the hospital to the construction workers. It adds a great deal of value to the Alice Springs Hospital.
"The new treatment facilities, the short stay unit and the relocation of medical imaging services to the ED will help the doctors, nurses and other health professionals to continue the good work being done at Alice Springs Hospital," Mr Snowdon said.
In 2010-11 the Alice Springs Emergency Department saw more than 41,000 presentations, which is more than 3,400 visits a month on average.
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