It will soon be “All Happening” across Canterbury District
Heath Board (CDHB) when the first in a series of major building projects get
underway this summer.
Projects range from new-builds to significant extensions and
refurbishments aimed mainly at addressing urgent short-term health service
David Meates, Canterbury District Health Board chief
executive says in most cases the need for this work has come about as a direct
result of the quakes that continue to impact the Canterbury region.
These projects will also be in addition to the estimated
$70m in significant repairs and immediate building projects taking place at all
CDHB facilities and are likely to continue for some years.
“The cost of repairs and earthquake strengthening is
expected to continue to rise as the results of further invasive inspections are
made available and the cost of the necessary work becomes known,” Mr Meates
To help keep staff, patients, visitors and the community
informed about what’s happening we are working on an “It’s All Happening”
awareness campaign to let people know what’s happening and when. There will be
signs, brochures and information on our website.
“Look out for our bright signs over the coming weeks. You
won’t miss them,” Mr Meates says.
Upcoming construction projects include:
Christchurch Hospital campus
A new temporary outpatient facility will be built on the old
Hagley Hostel site – this will house outpatient services for the next five years
and has an estimated completion date of June 2012.
A new Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) – this will be a
36 bed unit that will be built where current
outpatient facilities are currently located in the Parkside Block. This unit has
an estimated completion date of December 2012.
On level two of Christchurch Hospital a new 27 bed inpatient
ward and a 10 bed Surgical Progressive Care Unit will be created where the
existing Department of Surgery is located. This redevelopment is due for
completion by the end of next year.
A new 26 bed inpatient
ward will be created where the existing Orthopaedics Department is located on
level three of the Parkside Block. This is also due for completion by the end
of next year.
The Adult Inpatient Mental Health Service will be extended
and reconfigured to provide four wards each with a high dependency unit. This is
to enable a new ward-based team model of care, based on integration across the
inpatient and community teams with non-government organizations (NGOs) and
primary care. This is due for completion in July 2012.
Specialist Mental Health Services – Part of the Fergusson
Building on the Hillmorton site will be refurbished to house approximately 180
mental health staff. This refurbishment is expected to be complete in December
All CDHB owned facilities (particularly Christchurch
Hospital, The Princess Margaret Hospital, Hillmorton and Burwood) are going to
experience major disruptions over the coming years and this will have an impact
on our ability to provide health services as we have in the past.
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