Date: 15 August 2012
First Hospital Services Move Into The Meade
The very first moves into the Meade Clinical Centre are underway at Waikato Hospital.
Today, Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Equipment Pool and Linen Services start moving into Level B1 of the $130m Meade Clinical Centre on the Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus.
The Meade Clinical Centre has been under construction since 2010 and is the biggest building project of its kind in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, employing about 150 tradespeople and measuring 39,000m2.
Biomedical Engineering, which is responsible for the service, repair and maintenance of over 12,300 medical assets (including all the electronic medical equipment, dialysis machines and surgical instruments) moves to the Meade Clinical Centre from 15-17 August.
The department will be open for business from Monday 20 August.
Clinical Equipment Pool, which manages the inventory and distribution of pooled equipment such as electrocardiographs, pressure relieving mattresses and pumps and infusion pumps, opens in the new facility on Friday 17 August.
“These services are the first off the block to move into the Meade Clinical Centre and it is very exciting to see the new building that has been a massive construction site for the last few years finally starting to become occupied,” said Waikato DHB Business Services group manager Melinda Ch’ng.
While these moves do not affect the public, the following clinics are opening in the Meade Clinical Centre on 10 September:
• Hand, Burns and Scar Therapy
• Phlebotomy; and
The building is opening in four stages with more clinics, theatres and interventional suites gradually opening in the hub-type system, which will eventually see outpatients rarely having to go beyond the Meade Clinical Centre.
For more information on which services are opening in the new building and when, as well as general information about the Meade Clinical Centre and Waikato Hospital’s building and redevelopment programme, visit www.waikatodhb.health.nz/mcc
About Waikato District Health Board and Health Waikato:
Waikato DHB is responsible for planning, funding and providing quality health and disability support services for the 372,865 people living in the Waikato DHB region. It has an annual turnover of $1.2 billion and employs more than 6000 people.
Health Waikato is the DHB’s main provider of hospital and health services with an annual budget of more than $701 million and 5238 staff. It has six groups across five hospital sites, three primary birthing units, two continuing care facilities and 20 community bases offering a comprehensive range of primary, secondary and tertiary health services.
A wide range of independent providers deliver other Waikato DHB-funded health services - including primary health, pharmacies and community laboratories.
The Waikato DHB website is www.waikatodhb.health.nz