West Coast DHBFriday 25 May 2012, 3:26PM
Media release from West Coast DHB
West Coast District Health Board chief executive, David Meates,
said the DHB received a detailed engineer's report yesterday which
found the Laundry and Boiler House and Boiler House chimney at Grey
Base Hospital to be earthquake-prone and high risk. This is largely
due to construction containing unreinforced masonry, however, other
critical structural weaknesses have been identified. The building
and chimney don't meet current seismic standards.
"As we've said before when closing other DHB facilities due to
seismic risk, staff safety will always come first. Today we are
closing the Grey Hospital laundry and in the short term, laundry
will be done at a Christchurch laundry and trucked over regularly.
We're setting up a temporary Linen Distribution Centre on site at
the hospital to ensure business as usual," Mr Meates said.
He said many DHB buildings were being assessed for seismic
compliance. "We are expecting further reports on Grey Hospital
buildings and one on its electrical systems. The findings of these
reports will help us make firm plans for facilities on the Grey
Hospital site," Mr Meates said.
"We are pricing options for repairing and strengthening the
building, and at this stage we don't know how long the interim
arrangements will be in place.
It's likely the chimney will be replaced with a temporary steel
chimney and we will also get a portable boiler as a back- up to
ensure steam on site.
"I realise this unexpected news will be unsettling for staff and
would like to acknowledge and thank the laundry, transport and
boiler staff for their cooperation and flexibility with their new
working arrangements," David Meates said.