Big new Middlemore hospital block opens
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.