Renovations to Kaslo health centre start Friday

Renovations to the emergency department entrance at Victorian Community Health Centre will start tomorrow.

KASLO — Interior Health is advising Kaslo and area residents that renovations to the emergency department entrance at Victorian Community Health Centre will start Friday, July 19.

As a result, anyone needing to access the emergency department or residential care wing should do so through the ambulance entrance from the main parking lot (A Avenue). Signage will also be in place to direct people to the appropriate entrance.

Access to the downstairs primary care area will not change.

Renovations to the entrance will include a new entrance for the emergency department with a modern door system, entry space and security features.

This work is expected to be completed in the fall.

These improvements are made possible through a $500,000 donation from the estate of long-time resident Mabel Manning.

Additional improvements also moving forward through this donation include installation of a secure door to the emergency trauma bay that will improve privacy and security for patients, physicians and staff; renovations to the tub room, including a brand new tub and shower, to meet special bathing needs for residential care and community clients; and the conversion of an existing bathing room to a new hair salon for residential care clients.

A new nurse call system that allows for better communications between staff in all areas of the health centre has already been installed and is working well. Victorian Community Health Centre of Kaslo Ladies Auxiliary also contributed $30,000 to the nurse call system.

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