Big new Middlemore hospital block opens

Last updated 10:40 11/04/2014

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A new five-storey clinical services block at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital will be formally opened today.

The building was intended to "future-proof" services at Middlemore and deliver more efficient health services in a region of rapid growth, Health Minister Tony Ryall said.

The $190m building, which the Government says is the size of five rugby fields, will be named after orthopaedic surgeon Harley Gray. It was supported with $100m of government funding.

Features of the Harley Gray Building, at the heart of the Middlemore site, include:

- 14 new operating theatres, replacing 11 older theatres

- a 38-cot neonatal care unit

- a 42-bed medical assessment unit

- a 23-bed post-anaesthetic care unit

- a 20-bed theatre admission and discharge unit

- a state-of-the-art central sterile supply department

Gray was a former president of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association and the Auckland Medico-Legal Society.

He was an orthopaedic surgeon at Middlemore until 2001 and was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2003.

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