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Wards renamed after West Auckland beaches

Media Release 2 July 2004

Wards renamed after prominent West Auckland beaches

Change is in the air for Waitakere Hospital’s Older Adults wards.

As part of the redevelopment Wards 1 and 2 have been renamed to reflect the hospital’s focus on the role of the environment in the healing process.

Ward 1 becomes Muriwai Ward and Ward 2, Huia Ward.

The hospital has three themes: bush, people and beach. The ‘bush’ and ‘people’ themes are evident in the interior design pallets – warm greens and yellows of the bush feature in clinical areas while deep reds and purples characterise public areas to convey the ‘people’ theme.

The ‘beach’ theme is reflected in ward names and department icons.

The interior design and furnishings for the hospital have been carefully planned to reflect the cultural diversity of the local community and to stimulate a healing environment.

In addition to this name change, Muriwai Ward is moving from the Ground Floor to the Lower Ground Floor of the new hospital extension. Huia Ward is to remain on the Lower Ground Floor.

The name change and ward move will occur on 5 July 2004.

Access to both wards is through Entrance F for Older Adults and Therapies at the back of the hospital.

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