CDHB welcomes announcement

Thursday December 22, 2011

The Canterbury District Health Board has welcomed the Government’s green light to move to the next phase of the redevelopment plans over the next six months for Christchurch and Burwood Hospitals.

Acting chief executive Mary Gordon says there could not have been a better Christmas present for Canterbury.

“This announcement is fantastic news and something really positive to end this year after all the challenges we’ve had in the last 18 months.

While there’s a lot of work to be done, we are really looking forward to progressing these projects to enable us to provide sustainable services for the people of Canterbury” Mary Gordon says.

“The Canterbury District Health Board would like to acknowledge everyone who has been involved in the planning of the redevelopment work that has been ongoing since March 2009. We are particularly appreciative of the significant contribution from our clinical and operational teams and the assistance received from the National Health Board and the Government leading up to this point.”

Ms Gordon says the board looks forward to continuing to work with clinical and operational teams to develop the business case, which will include more detailed plans for the design and function of the buildings.

The redevelopment plans include a rebuild of most of the clinical wards at Christchurch Hospital including a new acute service wing and a new specialist centre for older people’s health at Burwood Hospital.

“It will be some time before new facilities are ready, so visitors to Christchurch hospitals will see plenty of ‘It’s All Happening’ signage, which refers to ongoing repairs to existing buildings and infrastructure that are needed now so that we can continue to deliver a world class health service in the short to medium term.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost?
The redevelopment plans are in the vicinity of $600 million. This includes the developments at Christchurch and Burwood Hospital sites.

When will work begin?
The next phase of the design work will get underway in the New Year with the preliminary design stage taking approximately six months.  Our current plan aims to complete all of the redevelopment works on both sites by the end of 2016.

Is the land safe to build on?
Yes the land has been thoroughly assessed by geotechnical engineers.

How many additional beds will the redeveloped hospitals have?
This will be confirmed as part of the final design process; however it is likely to be in the region of 465 new beds at Christchurch Hospital and 264 at Burwood.​​

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