Canterbury DHBTuesday 22 May 2012, 2:30PM
Media release from Canterbury DHB
Burwood Hospital kitchen and cafeteria buildings and ParaFed gym
closed on engineers' advice
The Canterbury District Health Board has closed Burwood Hospital's
kitchen and cafeteria, and ParaFed Canterbury's gym on the Burwood
Hospital site overnight following advice from external
David Meates, CDHB chief executive, says following invasive
engineers' inspections, a recommendation was received yesterday
stating these specific buildings should not be occupied until they
have been strengthened.
"The CDHB appreciates the closures will cause significant
disruption and inconvenience for staff, patients, families and
visitors to Burwood but safety is always paramount and that is why
we've taken this action immediately," Mr Meates says.
"Our priority is to respond to the engineers' advice and work with
them around any decisions about the future of these facilities. Our
staff has been informed and will be kept up-to-date on any
Mr Meates says Medirest is contracted to provide food services at
"We are working with Medirest on how best to provide meal services
on an ongoing basis but as an interim measure we have arranged for
hot meals to be supplied to patients at Burwood Hospital from an
alternative CDHB kitchen today and until a more permanent
arrangement can be put in place."
Further information, questions and answers:
What is the problem with the buildings?
The external engineers' advice is that the Burwood Hospital
kitchen, cafeteria and ParaFed Gym should not be occupied until
strengthening work is undertaken. However at this stage we are
waiting for the engineers' detailed recommendations.
Why did you close the buildings at such short
Safety is always our top priority. When we receive engineering
advice that a building is unsafe to occupy we take the appropriate
action, which in this case was to close the relevant buildings at
Will the damaged buildings be repaired or demolished and
if so, will they be replaced?
No decision has been made about the long term future of the
buildings and won't be until the engineers' recommendations have
been considered. The final decision will be based on advice but
also needs to be the best option for providing the right healthcare
services into the future.
Are there any other buildings on the Burwood site that
will need to close? If so, when do you expect to
We have an ongoing programme of building assessments by both our
own and external engineers. We have not been advised that any other
building on the Burwood site will need to close.
What will these closures mean for staff, will there be any
We do not anticipate any CDHB staff will lose their job as we
intend to relocate disrupted services elsewhere. Cleaning services
provided under contract by OCS may be disrupted as one office and a
cleaning supplies storeroom are in one of the buildings. We are
currently talking to Medirest (providers of Burwood's catering
services under contract) about the provision of catering on an
ongoing basis. They will update their staff on the progress of
those discussions and the implications for their staff.
What kind of patients access healthcare at Burwood
Burwood Hospital generally has around 80 inpatients of a range of
ages at any given time, including people recovering from spinal and
brain injury, orthopaedic rehabilitation and elective surgery
patients, outpatients (e.g. day surgery) and a small number of
post-natal mothers and babies in the birthing unit.
What services are provided from the closed
Burwood Hospital kitchen and cafeteria buildings and ParaFed Gym
house a range of services. These include food services, the
staff/public café, the ParaFed Gym (used by people with physical
disabilities as well as Burwood Hospital staff and the general
public), the loading bay area, cleaning supply stores and a small
number of offices.
What are you doing to provide meals for inpatients at
Our short-term solution is to provide hot meals prepared at
another CDHB kitchen, but this is an interim solution. We are
talking to the current catering service providers, Medirest about
options for an ongoing solution. Ongoing solutions will require the
same standards and employ the same quality checks as the services
recently provided from the Burwood kitchen.