New Greymouth hospital and family health centre on track for mid-2018 completion
A new $77.8 million hospital on the South Island's West Coast is set to be finished mid-next year, a Ministry of Health project manager says.
The new centre, next to the current Grey Base Hospital, will have 56 patient beds, three operating theatres, a 24/7 emergency department, a critical care unit, acute and planned surgical services, a maternity ward and outpatient care.
Workers had almost completed structural work on the 8,500sqm hospital and integrated family health centre. About 100 were on site.
Building began in May 2016. The new facility was on track to be completed next year, despite some delays, Ministry of Health project manager Jim Coard said.
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"An amendment to the structural steel design delayed the steel fabrication.
"The Kaikōura earthquake caused further delays to steel manufacture at the Blenheim workshop," he said.
Contractors were building the internal walls and ceilings and inserting cables and pipes for electrical, data and water supplies.Work had begun on the boiler house. The final pours for the ambulance bay were expected to be finished this week. The main slabs on the building will be finished once it sets.
Coard said focus would move to the "superstructure" above the foundations early next year.
West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) staff toured the new facilities in late September.
The West Coast community has banded together to fundraise for landscaping, artwork and play equipment for the paediatric area.
The Kowhai project, as it is known, is a partnership with the Maia Health Foundation and involves community, service organisations and businesses across the West Coast.
Iwi would help the DHB ensure the new facilities were culturally appropriate and would provide pounamu and carvings for some areas.