Puffin provides safe crossing between hospitals

Image: Dr Mark and Mr Fogarty at the puffin crossing that links the two hospitals.

Image: Dr Mark and Mr Fogarty at the puffin crossing that links the two hospitals.

As the area of Murdoch becomes busier day by day, neighbours St John of God Murdoch and Fiona Stanley Hospitals are now linked by a ‘puffin’ crossing to provide safe passage for patients, visitors, doctors and staff.

Chief Executive Officer of St John of God Murdoch Hospital, John Fogarty said the crossing provides not only a physical path between the hospitals, but is one of the first joint collaborations between the two hospitals.

“The new crossing provides a safe path for pedestrians walking to and from the hospitals and it also provides a metaphorical link on how we work together to provide the best possible care for our community,” Mr Fogarty said.

Fiona Stanley Hospital Executive Director Dr Paul Mark said the new crossing was another way to enhance the safety of patients and medical staff.

“The safety of our patients, their relatives and friends is a priority. The crossing ensures people can make their way safely from one campus to another across what is a busy road.”

The puffin crossing, also known as a pedestrian user friendly intelligent crossing, was jointly funded by the two hospitals. It has lights on the near side of the road that controls pedestrians, rather than being on the opposite side as in pelican crossings. The system uses sensors which detect the presence of pedestrians as they are waiting at the crossing and crossing the road.

 

 

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