Tairawhiti DHB Wednesday 26 September 2012, 1:54PM
Media release from Tairawhiti DHB
Staff from the Morris Adair building at Gisborne Hopsital's Ormond
Road campus say goodbye to their offices tomorrow afternoon, and
move to the Tangata Rite building on Peel Street for 'business as
usual' from Monday 1 October.
The relocation of 85 Tairawhiti District Health employees is the
DHB's response to an engineer's report that the 47-year-old Morris
Adair building is an earthquake prone building.
Chief Executive Jim Green said the new building at 110 Peel Street
has been refurbished to house Community Mental Health and
Addictions, and Well Child Services.
A range of other services will also be based in Peel Street from
Monday, including School Dental administration, Te Puna Wairoa
(Planning and Funding), Public Health, Health Promotion, Health
Protection, Needs Assessment Service Coordination (NASC) and
Cervical Screening services.
Mr Green said staff had embraced the move positively and had
managed to clear and pack their offices with minimal disruption to
workflow and patient services.
"We'll begin on Monday with a formal blessing of the new building,
a briefing for everyone who will work from there, and a shared
Mr Green said the Morris Adair building would be closed with an
appropriate blessing, once everything had been removed. He added
that the decision to relocate was a prudent one, given the findings
of the Earthquake Structural Assessment report, by engineers
"The report doesn't suggest the building would collapse in an
earthquake - just that it is not as resistant as a modern building
It rates at 20 -25% of New Building Standards which classifies the
building as grade D or 'high risk'.
"The Morris Adair building has performed well in previous
earthquakes, however the engineer's report classified it as
earthquake prone. As a result a decision was made to relocate all
the staff and clinics currently situated there, and then to make
further assessments about the future of the building."
The Morris Adair building is a five-storey, reinforced concrete
framed building constructed in 1965.
It was originally built as a Maternity Hospital with Elderly Care
wards. In the 1990s with the reduced birth rate a maternity area
was created in the main hospital and in that era residential
elderly care services were transferred to the community.
The building remained vacant until 2003 when it was refurbished
utilising funds from the Morris Adair Trust to house clinical and
administrative services including relocating public health,
community mental health and NGO services from central city