Christchurch hospital revamp biggest ever
The redevelopment of Christchurch's Burwood Hospital will be fast-tracked as part of the largest hospital build in the history of New Zealand's public health service, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
Brownlee and Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew said today that the Government had approved the post-earthquake redevelopment of Canterbury's hospitals.
The project was expected to cost more than half a billion dollars, with the final price tag due to be confirmed in December, Brownlee said.
"This project will be the largest hospital build in the history of New Zealand's public health service and includes fast-tracking the design of Burwood Hospital redevelopment in the eastern suburbs,'' he said.
Cabinet has approved $10 million to develop the final business case and to fast-track the design and planning work of redeveloping Burwood Hospital.
Goodhew said the Canterbury District Health Board's facilities needed to be redeveloped to meet current and future needs.
The board had been planning to redevelop its health services since 2008, but the process was interrupted by the major quakes in 2010 and 2011, she said.
"Many of the Canterbury DHB's facilities were damaged in the earthquakes, which meant around 106 beds were lost due to the closure of two floors in the Riverside block at Christchurch Hospital, and around 200 buildings and over 1200 rooms require repairs,'' she said.
"The final business plan will establish the best option to build additional operating theatres, replace around 500 beds, including purpose-designed space for children, an expanded intensive-care unit and emergency department at Christchurch Hospital and a new hospital for older people's health at Burwood."
Brownlee said the Government would appoint a steering group of up to five people, including the board's chairman, to work closely with the board to develop the final business case.
"The aim of the Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group is to remove any potential roadblocks or holdups and to enable a faster build once the project is approved.''
The makeup of the group would be announced in the next few weeks, he said.
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