Construction to Begin on New Ambulance Entrance for Durham Hospital Emergency Department

Construction will begin later this month at South Bruce Grey Health Centre’s (SBGHC) Durham site on a new ambulance entrance to the Emergency Department.  

The project has been generously funded by the Durham Hospital Foundation, and is expected to be complete in June 2021.  The Foundation thanks the many donors and funders who made this possible through their generosity.

The new entrance will be a small addition to the hospital’s Emergency Department on the west side of the building.  The structure will include a canopy and an enclosed corridor that leads to an entrance at the back of the Emergency Department.  

The current main entrance to the Emergency Department is used by patients, visitors, emergency services and funeral homes and is the only entrance available.  Creating a second, separate entrance to the Emergency Department will ensure privacy for patients and families, and provide easier access for emergency services vehicles. 

“Creating a second, separate entrance to the Emergency Department will provide a better experience for patients arriving at the hospital in an emergency situation, allowing for privacy and direct access to the department during an already stressful and vulnerable time,” says Michael Barrett, SBGHC President & CEO. “The ongoing support of the Durham Hospital Foundation has made this project possible, and SBGHC appreciates the Foundation’s significant contribution to improve the experience of the patients we serve.”

“We are very grateful to the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMA) for their generous grant.  The CMA Foundation responded to the challenges of COVID-19, funding this project which will enhance patient flow and infection prevention and control, and meet community health care needs into the future,” Raj Rajput, Foundation Chair and President.