Canterbury DHBThursday 30 August 2012, 2:30PM
Media release from Canterbury DHB
The next stage in an extensive schedule of major quake repairs and
rebuild projects for Canterbury Health System has begun.
Leighs Construction was recently awarded the contract for major
construction works, which will help restore capacity at
David Meates, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) Chief
Executive, says the multi-million dollar projects include building
a new Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU) and the expansion of
surgical ward capacity and the Surgical Progressive Care Unit at
"This is a major step forward, so I am delighted this work is
underway, however it will be extremely disruptive for staff and
patients," Mr Meates says.
"This work follows on from the recent completion of the new
temporary Outpatients Department on the Hagley Hostel site - and
will total more than $20 million. It is also in addition to around
$10 million worth of work for the Hillmorton Hospital site with
upgrades to the Specialist Mental Health Services' Ferguson
Building and Adult Inpatient Service."
Mr Meates says ensuring public safety while the earthquake repairs
and rebuilds take place is always first priority.
"Up to 100 tradesmen will be on the sites at times and material
deliveries will be happening close to main entrances. There will be
noise and vibration but the contractors will be doing their best to
minimise the disruption."
AMAU will be built on the ground floor of Parkside West, at
Christchurch Hospital, where Outpatients used to be located and the
new wards will be reconfigured on level two and three of Parkside
West, which are mainly used for medical and support staff
Mr Meates says it was also a relief to be getting closer to having
general medical services back on one site because having a split
service carries greater clinical risk.
Ward space on the fourth and fifth floors of Riverside block was
lost in the February 22 earthquake, forcing the CDHB to split
general medicine services across Christchurch and The Princess
"It was never an ideal or sustainable situation but since the
earthquake it has been the best option available to us in the
interim and the clinical teams have been doing a remarkable job,"
The new AMAU should be ready to open in February next year, while
the new wards are likely to open a couple of months later.