Third private hospital for city

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 14:15 20/07/2012
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NEW DESIGN: The new hospital, including the former Oxford Clinic, will be finished by late next year.

Oxford Clinic
FORMER GLORY: The former Oxford Clinic building was bulldozed after the February earthquake.

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Construction of Christchurch's third private hospital will start next week.

Four medical groups, including the Oxford Clinic, are joining forces to build a new multi-million dollar hospital.

The Oxford Clinic was destroyed in the February earthquake and its building in Oxford Terrace has since been demolished.

Clinic manager Sue Wood said the clinic had collaborated with three independent practitioners groups to provide a range of health services.

The facility would house four surgical speciality groups - gynaecology, ear, nose and throat, orthopaedics and urology.

The names of the other parties involved in the venture are still unknown but Wood said the project would see more than 100 staff and clinicians work in the three-storey building.

The new hospital would include short-stay surgical hospital services, radiology and laboratory facilities as well as specialty consulting practices.

Wood said the final cost of the project was still unknown.

''It will be great to have everyone back under one roof because we're a little bit virtual at the moment,'' she said.

Since the quakes, surgical services have been spread across St George's and Southern Cross hospitals, and consulting services are also based at St George's.

Wood said the new building would be designed to withstand a quake that is ''80 per cent stronger than what a standard building is designed to''.

The new hospital will be built at 137 Kilmore St, the former home of Medlab South, the defunct community laboratory provider.

Wood could not name the other three partners involved in the venture as the groups were still being formed.

It was hoped the building would be finished by late next year.

* Earlier versions of this story named the new hospital as the Oxford Clinic Hospital. Press.co.nz now understands the name has yet to be decided.

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