Emergency department at RIH undergoing upgrades

By Chad Harris
March 7, 2016 - 4:59pm Updated: March 7, 2016 - 5:37pm

KAMLOOPS — Patients heading to Royal Inland Hospital will have another construction project to deal with in the coming weeks.

The hospital's Emergency Department will be under renovation to support the installation of an electronic medical record system.

Interior Health says patients coming to the ER should still enter through the same doors, but note the triage area has been moved toward the second floor parkade entrance.

Nursing Manager of Emergency Services Ian Wood says he's not anticipating the change will cause too many headaches.

"The accommodation should be fairly smooth," said Wood. "We have a lot of support and resources around our department to help people with way finding, and it is not going to effect our operations in our department. We will still be able to provide the same care we have been providing."

Hospital officials would also like to limit the number of people coming through the emergency department, so all those accessing the rest of the hospital should do so through other entrances.

IH says the new record system will allow staff to input medical information directly into a computer system, rather than writing it down first.

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