Grey Power's blood boils over highrise move

Last updated 10:57 08/02/2012

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Lack of parking and fear of lifts will make life difficult for many Upper Hutt Grey Power members when Aotea Pathology moves from the health centre to CBD Towers this weekend.

President Max Becker says his phone has been red hot since confirmation the blood testing collection area will open on the sixth floor of Upper Hutt's tallest building next Monday.

Mr Becker says Grey Power members have difficulty getting parking when they meet in the nearby Hapai Clubrooms.

"It is a very unwise move on their part," he says of the Aotea Pathology decision.

"I expect there will be problems with parking and some of the elderly who are fearful of lifts," Mr Becker says.

"I have some real reservations about them going there."

Upper Hutt woman Sandra Banks learned of the move through a small notice on the wall at the blood collection area in Sinclair St where there is plenty of parking near the health centre. She worries some people may be unable to walk from their cars to the new site.

But Aotea Pathology chief executive and pathologist Karen Wood says parking availability at the new site was considered and was believed to be adequate.

Staying at the health centre was not an option because more space was needed and none was available.

The new site was "lovely and spacious", she said.

For people fearful of using lifts, the organisation had rooms in Stokes Valley and could also do house calls in some circumstances, she said.

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- Upper Hutt Leader

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