Medicine Hat Regional Hospital will officially begin using its new emergency department entrance Tuesday morning, starting at 7:00 am.

The new entrance is located off 6 Ave S.W. with public parking and patient drop-off available outside of the emergency department’s main doors.

Officials say the opening of this new entrance marks the completion of Phase 2 in a three-phase emergency department renovation and expansion, which adds more than 600 square metres of floor space.

Also, all treatment spaces in the ER are now enclosed by glass doors, to give patients a sense of privacy while enhancing their care.

The current entrance will be closed off to the public permanently as renovations move into the final Phase 3, due for completion by fall.

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