'Flash' new hospital unveiled

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 28/06/2014
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The new hospital is very architectural and could be called Puke Ariki West, Health Minister Tony Ryall said yesterday.

The new $80m Taranaki Base Hospital was officially opened in a ceremony that included Ryall unveiling a plaque that is laid on volcanic rock, which came from beneath the site where the new building now stands.

Ryall said the building was fantastic, modern and "very, very flash".

The new 14,289sqm building had a bigger endoscopy suite, new outpatient surgery services, 60 medical beds, 60 surgical beds, and 30 Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation beds.

Over the next 10 years the number of New Zealanders over the age of 75 will treble, Ryall said.

And the important thing to look at is how the ageing population will change the health dynamic in New Zealand.

"It's fundamental we have new hospitals like this that bring together the latest technology and the really high level quality staff and services you provide."

Taranaki DHB chief executive, Tony Foulkes said Project Maunga was not just about bricks and mortar.

"It is about hospital services working with primary care and other community-based services to offer better care for the Taranaki people, and I hope something that the whole community can be proud of."

Taranaki now had a new user-friendly, modern hospital, with many new features to allow more efficient and effective working services and with the latest equipment and technology. "It's a huge team Taranaki effort for a health service like no other."

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