Plans to demolish the oldest part of Kelowna General Hospital to make room for the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre will close one entrance to KGH for the next six weeks.
The hospital says preparation work for the demolition of the Pandosy Building at KGH will require the closure of the current public entrance to the hospital across from the parkade on Rose Avenue as of next Monday, Oct. 1.
A new entrance and public access corridor will open on November 12.
But, despite the entrance closure, there will be no change to the emergency patient dropoff. Patients requiring emergency treatment will still be able to be dropped off at the emergency department entrance on Royal Avenue.
Non-emergency patients can be dropped off at one of three KGH entrances:
• The Dr. Walter Anderson laboratory building across Pandosy Street from the main hospital site— From there take the elevator to the third floor and walk across skywalk to the Centennial Building and the rest of the KGH site.
• The main hospital entrance in the Centennial Building on Pandosy Street.
• The west side of KGH in the Royal Building on Strathcona Avenue.
Public parking will be available at the laboratory building, on the west side of the main KGH site next to Abbott Street and in the KGH public parkade off Rose Ave).
Visitors to KGH using the Rose Avenue parkade can access the hospital by walking around the east side of the hospital and entering the Centennial Building from Pandosy Street or by walking around the west side and entering from Strathcona Avenue.
There will be a shuttle to and from the public parkade for visitors needing assistance.
Hospital officials say the temporary entrance closure is necessary because preparation work for the demolition of the Pandosy Building would present a safety risk to people using the nearby hallway.
The Pandosy Building is being demolished to make way for the new $169 million Interior Heart and Surgical Centre, the fifth full cardiac care centre in the province.
During the construction, the public is advised, if possible, to allow extra time to get to appointments at KGH and to carpool, walk or use transit.