Here’s hoping the South Okanagan General Hospital isn’t subject to any temporary overnight closures — with would-be patients shuttled off to Penticton.

Phase Two construction is scheduled to begin this month on the Penticton Regional Hospital’s David E. Kampe Tower — including a complete renovation and expansion of that facility’s emergency department.

The project, when completed, will modernize the department, significantly increase its size and improve patient and staff flows.

Renovations are expected to take place in multiple phases with the department remaining open to the public for the duration of the project.

Once construction begins, patients will notice increased construction activity in the emergency department. During construction, travel routes for patients within the department may be adjusted as work continues. Staff will be on hand to help direct patients.

Parking for the emergency department is available off Carmi Avenue in front of the ED entrance. Patient parking for all other services at PRH is available in levels P1, P2 and P3 of the parkade attached to the David E. Kampe Tower.

To access the emergency department, patients will use the regular ED entrance off Carmi Avenue. All other patients will be directed to use the main entrance to the David E. Kampe Tower off Government Street or through the David E. Kampe Tower parkade, via the first level.

The exception is for maternity patients, who should use the emergency department entrance and then be directed to maternity services.

Renovations will also take place to expand and relocate the PRH pharmacy and to expand the material stores area.

The project is expected to take two years, with the renovation and expansion set for completion in the fall of 2021.

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