More than $300,000 worth of upgrades will soon commence in Jamestown Hospital’s theatre.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the upgrades included refurbishment of wall surfaces and floor coverings, new stainless steel benches and storage racks, a new waiting room and pre-operative area and an updated scrub area for medical staff.

“It is excellent news for the local community that the upgrades, jointly funded by Country Health SA and the Mid North Health Advisory Council, are getting underway,” Mr Wade said.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to improving health services across regional South Australia.

The Jamestown Hospital upgrades will enhance the experience for patients who require surgery and medical staff who use the facilities.”

Chief Executive Officer Country Health SA, Maree Geraghty, said the Jamestown Hospital theatre would be closed from 18 May 2018 until 30 June to enable the building works to take place.

“The theatre closure will have minimal impact on staff at Jamestown Hospital, with some staff taking annual leave while others will continue to work across the acute areas of the hospital during this time,” Ms Geraghty said.

“Patients who were scheduled to undergo surgery during the closure period will be contacted by the visiting surgeons undertaking these surgeries and will have their appointments rescheduled.

“I’d like to thank the Jamestown community for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience.”

There are no expected births at Jamestown Hospital during May and June, however if a pregnant woman presents to the hospital during the theatre closure period she will be assessed by the GP obstetrician or on-call midwife, then transferred to Clare, Crystal Brook or Port Pirie Hospital if required.

“Jamestown Hospital will continue to roster a midwife on-call during the theatre closure period for any unplanned presentations,” Ms Geraghty said.

“It’s important we have robust contingency strategies in place, and I would like to thank all staff involved in planning for these upgrades and providing valuable feedback which has helped us minimise impact on the local community.”

Mid North Health Advisory Council Presiding Member, Steve Richmond, said he was delighted the hospital theatre would be upgraded.

“We are absolutely ecstatic,” Mr Richmond said.

“Jamestown is fortunate enough to have resident GPs who have anaesthetist, general surgeon and obstetrics skills, and having these skill sets in town means we attract a large number of student doctors who are encouraged to take up medical careers in country SA.

“By upgrading the hospital theatre, we hope to keep these talented GPs in town and continue to attract medical students, who we ultimately hope will turn into country doctors, benefiting all country South Australians.”

Country Health SA will contribute approximately $250,000 towards the upgrades, while the Mid North Health Advisory Council will contribute around $100,000.

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