FAULTY ceilings and wall panels in the surgical theatres of Busselton Hospital will have to be replaced just 16 months after the $120 million facility’s opening, The Sunday Times reports.
United Voice secretary Carolyn Smith said it would be “appalling” to expect workers to take leave or drive long distances to work at another hospital due to the issue.
“Staff couldn’t have resolved this issue, and didn’t play any role in it, so why should they be the ones expected to pay?” she said.
Country health service bosses said the work would take place over Christmas to minimise the impact on patients and staff.
United Voice, a union representing hospital workers, said it understood the theatre, day stay and central sterile services department units would close for 10 weeks while ceiling and wall panels were replaced.
Hospital workers, speaking anonymously, said the closure would take effect from late December with non-emergency patients to be treated at Bunbury, a 40-minute drive away.
The WA Country Health Service would not directly answer The Sunday Times’ questions about where patients would be treated during the work.
But WACHS South West regional director Kerry Winsor said one theatre at Busselton would remain open at all times.
Source: The Sunday Times - Perth Now
Busselton Health Campus's Emergency Department in shambles
Busselton Mail Article 2nd Aug 2016
THE Emergency Department at Busselton Health Campus has been operating at half its capacity due to ongoing maintenance within the hospital, causing mayhem for campus patients and staff.
A source told the Mail black plastic tarpaulin had been draped across the ED with construction workers on one side drilling and cutting, while patients were treated on the other side.
They said ever since the hospital opened in April last year it was rife with defects.
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