Saturday, May 25, 2024

$73m for Nelson Hospital upgrade

Health Minister, Ayesha Verrall today announced $73 million in funding for the first tranche of a major redevelopment of Nelson Hospital.

“This Government funding will enable work to progress on plans for a new acute services and inpatient building featuring 255 beds, eight theatres and a larger emergency department (ED). Currently there are 161 beds and six theatres,” Dr Verrall said.

“The redevelopment will also seismically strengthen buildings and include the refurbishment of existing buildings so they are modern and fit for the future.”

The Minister said the initial $73 million in funding will allow Nelson Hospital Redevelopment Project Whakatupuranga to immediately begin design for the acute services building – the first stage in a six-phase $1.098 billion project, to be carried out over 10 years.

“It’s an exciting project which will provide a stronger health system for the people at the Top of the South/Te Tau Ihu,” she said.

“The current hospital is too small, the spaces are poorly configured and some parts are not up to earthquake standards.

“The hospital will be modern and fit-for-purpose for patients and their whānau. Our health sector staff also deserve workspaces that enable them to provide the best care, and to be safe at work.”

The Minister said the redevelopment will make the hospital more efficient and effective, with an ED which meets Australasian standards, double its original size and with medical assessment spaces which allow better patient flow.

“Another key reason for the redevelopment is ensuring Nelson Hospital can provide care should a significant earthquake occur on the Alpine fault line. It’s important that our facilities are resilient and can continue operating.”

“It will also allow us to keep up with the region’s growing and ageing population by helping future-proof the centre of Nelson’s health network, providing accessible, quality health services for the community,” said Dr Verrall.

Enabling works on the redevelopment are due to start mid-next year and construction in 2026.

“The development of Nelson Hospital is one of 110 health infrastructure projects worth a total  of $7.7 billion currently being planned and delivered nationwide as part of a programme to rebuild and strengthen New Zealand’s hospitals and health infrastructure,” Ayesha Verrall said.

“Ensuring our health infrastructure is up-to-date and fit-for-purpose means New Zealanders will be able to better access the health services they need.”

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