July 27, 2012
Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) is making it easier for patients and visitors to come into the facility 24-hours-a-day.
The change will see all public access to the hospital through the main front entranceway day or night.
The change is being made to provide consistency and eliminate patient/visitor confusion in accessing BUH. The new system will be an improvement over the current process where patients come into the hospital through the main front entrance between 6:00 each morning and 9:00 each evening, then have to use the single (blue) ambulance bay doors from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Unless patients are brought to the hospital by ambulance, they will always come through the main front doors. Access to the ambulance bay will be restricted at all times to emergency vehicles only.
The access change will be implemented as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The blue ambulance bay doors will then remain locked at all times.
Signage at the front of the hospital is being improved to help guide patients and visitors to the 24-hour main entrance. Further improvements to the entranceway will be made in the months ahead, and will be communicated to the public.
Introduction of the single entrance 24-hour access to Battlefords Union Hospital supports redevelopment of the Emergency department to improve access, flow, efficiency, privacy, confidentiality, and security for patients and health care providers.
Renovations are underway in the Emergency department to support access to supplies. Further improvements will be occurring over the weeks and months ahead to implement 24-hour access to Admitting/Registration service for emergency patients right in the Emergency department; improve the general patient and family waiting area; provide greater privacy for patients, families, and health care providers, and ensure a safer care and work environment for patients and health professionals.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Prairie North Health Region