Kaikoura Hospital rebuild under way

EMMA DANGERFIELD
Last updated 13:00 10/07/2014

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The old nurses' quarters at Kaikoura Hospital is roofless as demolition gets under way at the site.

Arrow International's Nelson-based team has the contract to build the new centre, and site clearing work, including demolition and minor alterations to the existing hospital building, are underway.

The new hospital will provide primary, aged, acute and maternity care, radiology services and trauma stabilisation.

Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust treasurer Wendy Campbell confirmed last week that the new balance for funds raised sits at $758,000, as at the end of May.

This includes a grant of $40,000 from the Canterbury Community Trust which will go towards the procedure room in the new facility.

The procedure room will allow for more patients to stay in Kaikoura to receive treatment and avoid unnecessary travel for those already sick or in pain, and also allow for those patients to remain close to their family.

The purpose-built room will allow medical staff to offer many treatments including IV chemotherapy, blood transfusions, cardiac monitoring, fracture management, antenatal monitoring, after hours medical assessment and treatment and minor operations.

Further fundraising events for the hospital continue to gather speed, with the Kaikoura Bowling Club planning an evening of It's in the Bag, which will be held at the club on Ludstone Rd on Saturday, July 26. Tickets cost $20 and include light supper. Bar refreshments will be available also.

The Kaikoura Hop classic car event in September, which has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2011, will also be supporting the hospital, with proceeds from the Rock'n'Roll dance going to the cause. The dance will be held on the evening of the Hop, Saturday, September 20. Anyone interested in dance lessons, contact Robyn at the Fairways, 03 319 3055.

The Kaikoura Polo Classic will be held at the The Silage Paddock, on Inland Rd's Fernleigh Farm, on Saturday, November 22.

New Zealand's much-loved entertainers the Topp Twins will be MCing for the day, and as well as polo there will also be a fashion parade, auction, barbecue dinner and evening dance to enjoy.

The Kaikoura Health Facility's new website kaikourahealth.co.nz has details of fundraising efforts, the project's progress and how to make a donation.

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