Friday, June 21, 2024

Shot in arm for Alice Springs healthcare

The Northern Territory Government has issued an update on its $14.2 million investment to improve the Alice Springs Hospital precinct, including a recently opened multi-storey car park. 

The car park accommodates 288 cars and improves staff safety by enabling them to park on-site in a secure, well-lit and undercover area. 

Since it opened in August, more than 13,200 staff, patients and visitors have utilised the car park. 

NT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Natasha Fyles said the car park – which includes charging stations for electric vehicles on each floor – had fulfilled a promise made by her government. 

“At times when families are under a lot of stress attending the hospital, something as simple as finding a quick park can help ease that pressure,” the Chief Minister said. 

Construction is also now complete on the $1 million upgrade to the Alice Springs Hospital Outpatient Department, which the government says will improve patient flow and improve access to the pathology and antenatal services. 

Works included the installation of a chair for blood tests in the pathology collection room and a new minor procedures room for an outpatient eye clinic. 

Local company Scope Building completed the works, supporting 45 local jobs. 

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