PIC: PAUL SCAMBLER.LGH: Specialist Clinics.Health Minister Michael Ferguson talks with Project Nurse Kathy Millington, Liz Smith RN and Nadia Stride in the specialist clinicLAUNCESTON General Hospital’s new Specialist Clinic is expected to rejuvenate health care in the North and North-West.
The facility – worth more than $3 million – was unveiled by Health Minister Michael Ferguson on Friday and will be used to assess current and future patients before operations.
The new clinic – a redevelopment of the hospital’s former Specialist Clinic – will also relieve pressure on hospital staff.
It was redeveloped after the government declared its waiting rooms had become inadequate, leading to overcrowding and a lack of patient privacy.
Mr Ferguson said the facility’s construction was made possible in part by the hard work of the hospital’s Central Auxiliary, a group of volunteers who operate LGH’s kiosk.
Through the sale of snacks, flowers and other small items, the volunteers were able to contribute $140,000 to the project.
“This will make people feel like they are more than just one [patient] in a large crowd,” he said.
“This will provide not only a better work environment, but a better facility for our patients.”
As many as 170 patients a day are expected to make use of the facility.
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