New Older Persons Build Starts at Waikato Hospital

Press Release – Waikato DHB

Construction of the $40 million new building for Older Persons and Rehabilitation services at the Waiora Waikato Hospital campus in Hamilton is underway.New Older Persons Build Starts at Waikato Hospital

Construction of the $40 million new building for Older Persons and Rehabilitation services at the Waiora Waikato Hospital campus in Hamilton is underway.

The new four-level building will have 113 beds for geriatric care, rehabilitation, ortho-geriatrics, Organised Stroke Service and Mental Health for Older Persons.

Hawkins Construction have the contract to build the facility. The company is also building the $130 million Meade Clinical Centre.

Around 100 jobs have been created on site for the older persons build. The total rebuild at Waikato Hospital has provided more than 800 jobs with more than $100 million flowing into the community.

All patient bedrooms in the older persons facility will have only one or two beds and ensuites.

People aged under 65 requiring rehabilitation as a result of a stroke or traumatic event will also be accommodated in the building.

Significant outdoor areas and courtyard space are part of the plans.

A bridge over Pembroke Street will link the building with the main hospital.

The building work should be completed in May 2013.

The new building will locate existing services closer together to provide joint expertise for those older patients who require the full complement of specialist health services.

It will:

• house both the current Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP) and the Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (AT & R) providing a more integrated and co-ordinated approach to care
• provide a broad range of rehabilitation services for both young and old, with a focus on provision of specialist mental and physical healthcare
• enable more improvements in services whether they are delivered in hospital, in the community or through general practitioners
• significantly expand services to meet future ageing population needs
• ensure stroke patients with complex needs get the best care
• provide integrated mental health services for older people

About Waikato District Health Board and Health Waikato:

Waikato DHB is responsible for planning, funding and providing quality health and disability support services for the 365,730 people living in the Waikato DHB region. It has an annual turnover of $1.2 billion and employs more than 6000 people.

Health Waikato is the DHB’s main provider of hospital and health services with an annual budget of more than $701 million and 5238 staff. It has six groups across five hospital sites, three primary birthing units, two continuing care facilities and 20 community bases offering a comprehensive range of primary, secondary and tertiary health services.

A wide range of independent providers deliver other Waikato DHB-funded health services – including primary health, pharmacies and community laboratories.

www.waikatodhb.health.nz

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