Security upgrade to improve hospital safety

THE Murgon Hospital has undergone a security upgrade to improve the safety of both staff and patients.

The upgrade is part of a health service-wide audit, which is being conducted at all facilities across Darling Downs Health to ensure staff, patient and visitor safety.

The project at Murgon Hospital has included the installation of 24-hour, seven-day-a-week swipe card access, as well as the construction of a separate waiting room with toilets for visitors to the facility and the installation of security cameras.

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Director of Nursing Julie Kelly said the upgrades had been welcomed by both staff, patients and their loved ones.

"An audit was conducted at Murgon to identify any possible gaps in our security that could potentially lead to problems," Ms Kelly said.

The $120,000 project is expected to be completed within four weeks.

People accessing the facility are asked to follow any signs during the roll-out of the upgrades.

"We are expecting that for one day, access to the hospital's main entrance may be impacted," Ms Kelly said.

"However, signs will be in place to direct people where they need to go."

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