More DHB staff to move out of at-risk building
South Canterbury District Health Board staff are continuing to work from Timaru Hospital's Gardens Block.
Staff working in the north end of the building were evacuated last month after an engineer's report warned that the end of the six-storey building could suffer a catastrophic collapse in a severe earthquake.
South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) acting chief executive Nigel Trainor said staff working in the south end would also move out of the building when alternative accommodation was found. He said he did not know when that was likely to happen. "The southern end is structurally sound. The reason we are clearing out that end is so we can deal to (the building) as one."
He said it would be at least another month away before the board decided whether to strengthen the building or demolish it.
Earlier this year the SCDHB decided it would demolish Kowhai House after an engineer's report claimed the building met only 15 per cent of the required standard. The hospital's laundry, supply building and administration building have also been strengthened following the engineer's report.
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