Mersey patients enjoy new Emergency Department

Patients at the Mersey Community Hospital are benefitting from a new $5.3 million Emergency Department officially opened in early March.

The Emergency Department has more than doubled in size and offers more patient comfort and privacy.

The redevelopment will improve patient flow and help reduce waiting times.

The Mersey Emergency Department is already performing above the national average on treatment times.

The new unit contains a fast-track area during peak times to speed patients’ care.

The redevelopment also provides a new waiting area, paediatric waiting area and spacious parenting room.

Other additions include:

  • two new resuscitation bays next to six treatment beds
  • a new and expanded ambulance bay
  • two fast-track patient beds next to two treatment rooms, plus a centralised pressurised treatment area to allow patients to be isolated.
  • a six-bay short-stay unit with separate nurses’ station
  • three new doctors’ and nurses’ stations and a new triage area
  • centralised storage, kitchenette, drugs and utility spaces
  • a new reception area
  • additional car parking
  • new staff kitchen and staff areas.

The Mersey Community Hospital is funded by the Australian Government and operated by the Tasmanian Government.