By Dale Boyd
Special to OsoyoosToday
The emergency department at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver will get a much-needed renovation with capital funding that gained preliminary approval Thursday.
It’s among a host of requests put forward by Interior Health worth $2.6 million that were approved by the board of the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District.
The work at SOGH will relocate admitting services and create new triage and waiting areas.
“The (current) lack of a dedicated triage area results in this task either not being performed, being performed by non-clinical staff, or conducted in a public area,” Donna Lommer, Interior health’s chief financial officer, wrote in her report to the board.
New signage and a dedicated entrance for the emergency department are also in the works.
The project is expected to cost $970,000, with the hospital district’s 40 percent share ringing in at $388,000.
Among the less expensive capital projects on Interior Health’s to-do list are flooring replacement at SOGH and the Summerland Health Centre, a sewer line at the Princeton General Hospital and a general radiographic system for the South Similkameen Health Centre in Keremeos.
Dale Boyd is a reporter with the Penticton Herald and covers Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen meetings for OsoyoosToday.