Construction on the front of the Golden and District Hospital will make access easier during the winter season for people using the facility.

Construction on the front of the Golden and District Hospital will make access easier during the winter season for people using the facility.

Golden and District Hospital gets covered

The Golden and District Hospital is undergoing some construction at the front of the building to increase accessibility to the hospital.

The Golden and District Hospital is undergoing some construction at the front of the building to increase accessibility to the hospital.

“The problem is that wheelchair access, as well as for others with mobility issues, was obstructed from the snow piles in the winter,” said Deborah Austin, health services director for the Golden Hospital.

To reduce the pile up of snow in front of the main entrance, which is often used as a “drop off zone,” a timber frame cover is being added onto the building.

“We realized we needed to cover part of the driveway as well,” said Austin.

Construction on the cover began about  a month ago, and is now in its final stages.

The original plan was to reroute access to the building during the construction period, but staff found that the main entrance was still usable.

One hundred per cent of the funding for this $95,000 project came from the Ministry of Health. The decision to allocate the funds to this project was made by the ministry a year ago.