Big revamp for Bay of Islands Hospital
The redevelopment of Bay of Islands Hospital at Kawakawa is nearing completion with the facility set to open on September 28.
The project is the Mid-North’s biggest health infrastructure project in decades and has seen the district health board investing $9.9 million for the construction of a two-storey building with an accident and medical department, radiology and after-hours GP service on the ground ﬂoor and a 20-bed medical ward upstairs.
The facility, which caters to people from just south of Kawakawa to Kaeo, will also include four acute patient bays, two Hugo resuscitation bays and an isolation room.
There will also be dedicated beverage, storage, utilities, toilet and shower areas, waiting areas, a communications room. Lift and stair access will be provided to level one and ambulance access at the rear.
Level one of the building houses a 20-bed medical ward and will also include a palliative care room, pediatric care room with parent stay, ensuites in all rooms, two patient lounges, pantry/beverages area and staff facilities, utilities and storage areas.
Northland District Health Board director of strategic projects, Mike Cummins, says the project has been the result of a long process looking at how health services in the mid-North could be delivered better.
While none of the services are new what is different is the modern delivery of care and the expansion of various services to cater to the community even better, he says.
“Our big focus is on delivering a building that encourages contemporary and multi-faceted ways of delivering services,” he explains.
“This reinforces the commitment of the District Health Board to the mid-North, ensuring people have access to services closer to home.”
A unique aspect of the redevelopment is a collection of photos that have been submitted by locals to be displayed throughout the Bay of Islands Hospital complex.
“People were asked to submit photos that depicted the Mid-North and we have been very fortunate to receive some fantastic images which will be revealed at the opening ceremony,” says Mike.
Construction of the redevelopment of Bay of Islands Hospital project started in June 2017 and Mike says the main challenge has been to ensure that the hospital remains operational throughout.
Close liaison with the construction company, Canam Construction, has been vital to ensure correct sequencing of works.
“It is important to acknowledge the staff and community for their patience over the last 12-months. It is always disruptive working around a ‘live’ construction site, however everyone has taken it in their stride and very shortly it will all be ﬁnished ready to better serve everyone.”
The Bay of Islands Hospital began in 1911 with the formation of The Bay of Islands Hospital and Charitable Aid Board and a seeding fund of £150.
The hospital opened in 1913 and offered one large casualty ward and two wards for women. The hospital building was capable of accommodating 12 patients.
Since that time the hospital has had a history of providing care across the entire community including soldiers from the two world wars and sufferers of typhoid and tuberculosis outbreaks.
The hospital’s maternity annex was opened in 1927 and the TB ward and military annex (now the Community Health Services and Administration Building) was opened in 1943.
The Bay of Islands Hospital is one of the four Northland District Health Board hospitals, along with Kaitaia, Dargaville and Whangarei Hospitals.
Mid North Whanau are beneﬁting from a $200,000 donation from the Hugo Charitable Trust to the Bay of Islands Hospital.
The donation is being used to buy building materials for the construction of a new Whanau House on site at Bay of Islands Hospital and to purchase clinical equipment and an acute telehealth solution for the new Accident & Medical Department.
“The redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital will provide a comprehensive health service all under one roof,” said Hugo’s founder, Maryanne Green.
“The Hugo Charitable Trust is delighted to contribute to this project, which will clearly beneﬁt communities in the Mid-North region.”
To be named the Hugo Whanau House, the facility and additional specialised clinical equipment will improve the health and well-being of the mid-North community through better facilities and equipment.
“The Bay of Islands Hospital encourages Partners in Care, which allows family and whanau to stay overnight and to participate in the care of their loved ones,” said Jeanette Wedding, general manager regional hospitals.
“The Hugo Whanau House means that extended family can be close by without the need to travel the long distances experienced throughout the rural mid-North area.”
Maryanne worked closely at Hugh’s side for over 25 years where she developed a deep understanding of Hugh’s philanthropic priorities and wishes.
The Hugo Charitable Trust invests in the relief of poverty, the advancement of family, social and community welfare and the care and support of the disadvantaged or marginalised. The trust has made signiﬁcant donations to medical research as well as to many education initiatives.
Fundraising from local Service Clubs and individuals has provided enough money to purchase eight new Romeo Recliner chairs for Bay of Islands Hospital.
Ian Walters, Tania Walters, The Rotary Clubs of Kaikohe, Kerikeri, Waipapa and Bay of Islands, Taumarere-Opua Women’s Institute, Paihia Ex-Servicemen’s Association Club and the Kaikohe Garden Club have generously supported the new chairs.
Made in Kaiwaka, the Romeo Recliners feature premium lumbar support and the correct seat height and depth to provide the ultimate in comfort to our families.
“Whanau who are caring for their loved one often stay overnight or spend quite a lot of time at the bedside,” says Jen Thomas, operations manager, Bay of Islands Hospital.
“Being given the opportunity to provide whanau with a comfortable chair is a godsend and we are extremely grateful to the organisations and individuals that have helped make this happen.”
The Romeo Recliner chairs are being delivered in time for the opening of the new 20-bed medical ward in September.
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