Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Ryall: Speech to open $67m Whakatane Hospital redevelopment

Hon Tony Ryall

Minister of Health

12 June 2014 Speech Notes
Speech to open $67m Whakatane Hospital redevelopment

Good morning. Thank you for inviting me to celebrate the opening of this new development with you.

I would like to acknowledge:

• Minister Anne Tolley

• Sally Webb and Bay of Plenty DHB board members

• Council members

• Members of the Runanga

• Ron Dunham the CEO of Lakes DHB.

I would also like to acknowledge staff, patients and neighbours.

You were subjected to dust, ever changing places to park cars, changing entrances and having to walk right around the campus - thank you for your patience.

How quickly we forget the inconvenience of the process when we see such a great end result.

It’s been over 90 years since this hospital was opened by the then Minister of Health.

Sir Maui Pomare, one of New Zealand’s first Maori doctors, officially opened Whakatane Hospital in 1923.

The development was hailed as a thoroughly modern hospital - I’m sure they would be in awe of what stands here now.

With a bigger footprint, more hospital beds, and extra services, this new building will ensure the 50,000 people living in the Eastern Bay of Plenty continue to receive high quality health care for many years to come.

It also strengthens the hospital’s capacity to provide elective surgery support to the people of Tauranga.

Patients will now be treated in a facility that meets all building and seismic requirements, and utilises state-of-the-art technology.

The new building includes:

• three state-of-the-art operating theatres

• a larger emergency department

• a modern radiology department

• bigger inpatient wards

• an acute care unit for patient observations

• and a 10-bed children’s ward.

I’m told doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and clinician leaders devoted over 3,000 hours to assist with the design of the building.

This input means staff makes are able to provide better, faster, and more convenient care for patients.

For example, in the old Stanton Block the emergency department, intensive care unit, CT scanner and radiology department were all located on different floors. These services are now located together.

This is not only better for patients as they no longer have to go up and down the stairs – there are huge benefits to have the clinical staff who are treating the same patient working closer together

Patient comfort has also greatly improved.

With only four bathrooms for around 30 patients it wasn’t uncommon for there to be a queue in the old building – there are now ensuites for every double bed room.

Another example of healthcare delivered with more convenience!

This is an impressive structure:

• 500 doors have been installed

• 75,000 concrete blocks were laid

• 300 tonnes of reinforced steel were used

• 15km of roofing iron was installed – the distance to Ohope and back

• 2,500m3 of Concrete poured

• 4000 plants used in the landscaping.

I hear this has been a great source of pride for people who deliver the care and has the tick of approval from the community.

The 2,000 residents who walked through the hospital on its open day is a sign of how this community has embraced this project.

I would like to congratulate everyone who has made this project possible.

The redevelopment means doctors and nurses can now provide the best care to their patients.

I would now like to invite Minister Tolley to join me in unveiling the plaque commemorating this opening.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Labour: Healthy Homes Bill Passes First Reading

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Home, And A Way

The one thing even more popular than an Auckland house is offering advice on how to afford an Auckland house. So, on the grounds it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s out there, here’s my three cents* worth. [*Up 50% since 2013!] More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news