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Progress on North Canterbury Health Hub set to accelerate

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January 15, 2014

Progress on North Canterbury Health Hub set to accelerate

Progress on the North Canterbury Health Hub is set to accelerate following the appointment of project managers and architects.

Canterbury District Health Board is pleased to announce the appointment of RCP (Resource Coordination Partnership) as the Project Manager for the Rangiora Health Hub development and Trengrove Architects as the lead designer for the project.

Carolyn Gullery, Canterbury DHB General Manager Planning and Funding, says the appointments are a welcome step towards progressing this important project.

“We’re delighted to have made the appointments of RCP and Trengrove and have every confidence in their abilities to shape this development and engage with the North Canterbury community.

“RCP have extensive experience in the development of numerous health facilities both nationally and internationally. In addition RCP are currently engaged with a number of Canterbury DHB redevelopment and remediation programmes and come with a good understanding of the way we work in Canterbury.

“Trengrove are also the architects for the Kaikoura health facility, so bring with them an understanding of health design.”

Carolyn says the Canterbury Health System is looking forward to seeing the first sod turned on this project, but is mindful it has some major projects underway, including the North Canterbury Hub.

“Canterbury DHB is currently managing 160 repair and building projects, excluding the Burwood and Christchurch Hospital facilities redevelopment, so we appreciate the North Canterbury community’s ongoing support in progressing their health hub.”

Carolyn says a public meeting is being scheduled for early March.

“As it’s really important we continue to engage with the community about services that will operate out of the hub in addition to the current services working out of Rangiora Hospital,” she says.

“We are yet to confirm a venue for this meeting but will inform the community just as soon as we have one.”

Carolyn says there are a number of organisations that have indicated an interest in working from the hub.

The Canterbury DHB is planning to have specialised outpatient services such as Children’s, Older Person’s Health and Mothers and Babies clinics in the Hub.

“We look forward to progressing this project and continuing to work closely with the people living in North Canterbury to improve their health services,” Carolyn says.

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