With the help of colour-coded floors named after flora — P1 is mushroom, P2 wheatgrass and so on — the RIH Clinical Services Building was open to the public for the first time Monday.
As trades workers put on finishing interior touches, people requiring outpatient services were making use of the new walkway that links the new building with the hospital’s main tower.
Lab equipment was moved in over the weekend, causing temporary disruption to lab services, but they were open for service first thing Monday with people queuing up at 6:45 a.m.
“That was hopping this morning,” said Health Service Director Kris Kristjanson.
Hospital staff were on hand to lend assistance to people looking for services and getting their bearings.
“We put additional staff on to help people adjust to the changes,” Kristjanson said. “We wanted to make it as easy as possible in order to assist in the transition.”
The plan is to bring the building into service for patients and work out any kinks in the operation before celebrating the new facility, said an RIH spokeswoman. An official opening ceremony for the $80-million facility won’t be held until fall.
The building houses several outpatient services, including the lab, electrocardiogram services, pre-surgical screening, cardiopulmonary, neuro-diagnostics, community respiratory therapy, IV therapy and the vascular improvement program. The new building will also provide teaching space for the UBC Medical School program and a new lecture theatre.
A parkade that accommodates up to 350 vehicles was opened last month.
Grouchy 1 says:
August 15, 2016 09:34pm
Seriously ?? I thought that actual adults were in charge here. And people wonder why IHA makes such poor decisions.