Temporary road closure at Kelowna General Hospital planned

Part of Rose Avenue will be closed next week to allow equipment to be installed in new cardiac centre.

Interior Health is advising the public that Rose Avenue on the Kelowna General Hospital campus, from the east parkade to Pandosy Street, will be closed next week.

The closure will be in place from Monday, March 10 to Sunday, March 16 to allow the lifting of equipment into the mechanical penthouse of the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre, currently under construction at the corner of Pandosy Street and Rose Avenue.

In order to access the KGH parkades from Pandosy Street, visitors to KGH will have to detour down Royal Avenue or Christleton Avenue onto Abbott Street and enter the KGH site from the west end of Rose Avenue.

There will be no change to the hospital’s emergency patient dropoff. Patients requiring emergency treatment can be dropped off at the emergency department entrance on Royal Avenue.

Non-emergency patients may be dropped off at one of three KGH entrances:

• The lab building (Dr. Walter Anderson Building). Take the elevator to the third floor and walk across Pandosy Skywalk to access the Centennial Building and the rest of the KGH site.

• The main hospital entrance (Centennial Building). Drop patients off at the main entrance off Pandosy Street.

• The west side of KGH (Strathcona Building). Drop patients off at the west entrance from Strathcona Avenue.

Interior Health is asking people using the hospital during this time, to plan extra time to get to any appointments at KGH and suggests carpooling, walking (if possible) or using transit. It is also urging the driving public to be respectful of the hospital’s residential neighbours when parking on the street.

It says the construction company building the cardiac centre, PCL Constructors, will have flag people on hand for the duration of the work, and detour signs will clearly indicate the new traffic patterns.