Sandra Tjosvold

Sandra Tjosvold

Ridge hospital’s 2 West Wing almost done

The ward hadn’t been upgraded since it opened in 1974.

Phase 1 of the 2 West Wing renovation project at Ridge Meadows Hospital is almost complete.

The cost of the renovation project is $850,000 and will include the renovations of a total of 20 patient rooms, plus two negative pressure rooms for patients with infectious airborne diseases, such as tuberculosis, and eight isolation rooms and additional space for supplies  and therapy.

The ward hadn’t been upgraded since it opened in 1974.

Phase 1 of the project will be completed by the end of July.

“We are not losing any bed capacity,” aid Cathy Wiebe, director of clinical operations. “Even though we are converting three semi-private rooms, we are just putting the other three rooms elsewhere in the building.”

Each room will have new bedside and over-the-bed tables and wall protection throughout to make cleaning the ward easier.

There will be bathroom and sink upgrades to each room – one for patients and one for health care providers.

Patients with dementia will find the ward easier to orient with the accent flooring and wall colours.

The central nursing station was also upgraded, with a new medicine room twice the size of the old one, and a new multi-purpose room.

“That’s to have family meetings. It’s just a nice private spot that you could have confidential information shared. And it’s nice to have a place to go,” Wiebe said of the multi-purpose room.

Forty donors got a sneak peak at the new wing last week

In addition to the new wing, the hospital has also implemented new strategies to reduce the risk of infection while patients are in the hospital.

They will be using disposable blood pressure cuffs and are looking into options for using ultraviolet light infection prevention methods to disinfect the hospital rooms.

The entire project is expected to be completed by January 2017.