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A&E to relocate temporarily

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

A&E to relocate temporarily

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THE ACCIDENT & Emergency Department (A&E) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) will be temporarily relocated to the Antenatal Clinic within the hospital from the evening of Friday June 6 to Monday June 9, 2014.  
A release from the hospital this afternoon said this is in an effort to carry out preventive maintenance to the A&E.
Entry to the temporary A&E will be through the glass doors on the ground floor of the Lions Eye Care Centre. These doors are located to the right of the main entrance of the QEH and can be accessed via the said main entrance roadway. The Antenatal Clinic is located directly on entry of the glass doors.
QEH director of engineering services Paula Agbowu said a decision was made last year during the Easter weekend to relocate the A&E department in order to carry out extensive maintenance, and this would be done annually.
“The A&E is a 24 hour, seven day a week, year round operation and in order to properly maintain the unit we must relocate it in its entirety to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Works will include, major cleaning, servicing of equipment, maintenance of all systems (air conditioning, plumbing and electrical), painting and repairs to floor coverings,” she said.
Agbowu said the temporary relocation would not affect the level of care administered in department.
The A&E will reopen in its regular location on the evening of Monday June 9, 2014.
Management apologised for any inconvenience caused and thanked the public for cooperating. (PR/NB)