ELECTRONIC signage to direct visitors inside Orange hospital has been funded by the hospital auxiliary and is ready to be installed.
Orange Health Service general manager Catherine Nowlan said the interactive signage was similar to the units used in large shopping centre.
“If anyone has been inside a Westfield shopping centre for example they would be familiar with the type of signage to direct people to their destination and that is similar to the one we will be using,” she said.
Ms Nowlan said due to the size of the hospital and the many departments, clinics and wards in the complex, she believed the electronic signage would be eagerly embraced by many members of the public.
“There are many people who are very familiar with using this type of signage and will find it easy to use,” she said.
However, she said the services of the Wayfinder volunteers would still be an important option for people.
Ms Nowlan said there were also plans in place to install extra signage on the hospital walls to make it easier for patients and visitors to find their way around the complex.
Last year Orange Health Service acknowledged there were some issues with the colour-coded system of various departments and they were responding to requests for more prominent internal signage.
Ms Nowlan said hospital builders Hansen Yuncken were putting together draft signage for final approval.
She said with more staff and additional clinics and departments in the hospital since it opened two years ago, there needed to be appropriate signage that would reach all members of the community visiting the hospital.
“Very soon we will have additional patients accessing the cancer clinic at the rear of the hospital when our second linear accelerator gets up and running,” Ms Nowlan said.
“And down the track our services will continue to develop across the hospital.”