Quake risk closes hospital laundry

01:28, May 25 2012

Grey Base Hospital's laundry has been shut down after an engineer's report deemed it earthquake prone.

The West Coast District Health Board received a report yesterday which showed the laundry, boiler house and the boiler house chimney did not meet seismic standards.

Board chief executive David Meates said the buildings were considered high risk, mainly because of construction containing unreinforced masonry.

He said laundry will be done in Christchurch and trucked over regularly, while a temporary linen distribution centre would be set up in Greymouth.

"We are pricing options for repairing and strengthening the building, and at this stage we don't know how long the interim arrangements will be in place."

The chimney was likely to be replaced with a temporary steel chimney, he said.

Meates said the DHB was expecting more reports on the hospital buildings, including on its electrical systems, which would determine what work needed to be done.


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