Bay of Islands Hospital – First Walls Go Up!

October 2nd, 2017

There was much excitement at Bay of Islands Hospital on 21 September as the first walls were lifted into place.  After years of preparation it is very exciting to finally see some progress.

The 12 panels that make up the west wall and the lift shaft of the new build were gently lifted straight off the delivery truck, and placed within the completed footings and foundations.  This work required the use of a crane and experienced operators to ensure that this was completed without any complications.

With the build now well underway, the next 3 walls are expected to be put in place mid-October and is still on track to be opened mid-year 2018.

Northland DHB is investing $9.9 million to fund the new accident and medical department and radiology services, new medical ward and refurbishment of other areas of the hospital.

The Bay of Islands Hospital is currently a construction site; please take extra care when accessing any of the buildings.

 

Maternity Unit Opening on 24 February 2016

February 11th, 2016

Whangarei Hospital’s new maternity building has gone over its expected delivery time but will be ready to deliver after its official opening later this month.
The official opening will be on February 24, with a public open morning including tours of the facility on February 27, and the building becoming fully operational a week later.
Called Te Kotuku, the new building on Hospital Rd was started in March 2014 but the work schedule was extended because of a change in the plan to accommodate the shell of an extra floor and strengthening to enable a third floor to be built without disrupting the wards below, when further expansion is needed. That future-proofing added nine months to the building project.
Northland District Health Board chief executive Nick Chamberlain said the work is on budget, although the additional floor added a further $5.3 million from a separate fund to the original $9.8m cost.
“The overall design is to have two additional floors and we will have to build a third level when we occupy the second floor sometime in the future,” Dr Chamberlain said.
“It prevents us to have to decant a ward for up to 15 months when we build the floor above.”
The new unit brings together three departments separated over two floors in the main hospital – antenatal, delivery suite and postnatal. It replaces the 40-year-old ward with a modern, family-friendly facility, where each birthing room and bedroom have full ensuite facilities.
Te Kotuku will have 18 inpatient beds in one and two bedroom units, four antenatal clinic rooms, two assessment rooms, a mothers’ lounge and parents’ lounge, two baby feeding rooms, two birthing pools, a room for antenatal classes and a visitors’ waiting room. It will also house the Butterfly Room, a suite for families whose babies do not survive or are in danger.
The walls will feature work by Northland artists and reference the region’s geographic and cultural roots.

Free car parking at Whangarei Hospital on the weekends

July 30th, 2015

If you are visiting Whangarei Hospital on a weekend or after 5pm and before 8.30am on a weekday, public car parking is free. The first one hour of car parking during the week is also free.

Meng Cheong, general manager, Finance, Funding & Commercial Services explains:

“To allow for even easier access to our campus on the weekends we will be raising the barrier arms to the main public car park from Saturday morning through to Sunday night and there is no need for you to take a ticket”.

If you are visiting the hospital Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.00pm, you are required to take a ticket at the barrier arm.

“People need to drive right up to the ticket machine to take a ticket and the ticket needs to be validated at the pay kiosk before you drive out of the car park”.

The ticket machines and pay kiosks include easy to follow instructions on their use, and further assistance can be requested at the barrier arms or kiosks by pressing the help button.

Northland DHB is working with NZTA and WDC on a proposal for temporary lights to improve the traffic flows from Hospital Road into Maunu Road.  This work will be temporary until future redevelopment by NZTA, of this section of State Highway 14, is undertaken.

Paid Car Parking

April 11th, 2015

From 20 April, 2015 patients, visitors and staff wishing to park on-site at Whangarei Hospital have to pay a car parking fee, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm. Paid car parking is a part of our financial sustainability programme and will allow us to save our very scarce capital funds for improving and renewing our clinical buildings and continue to allow us to grow and develop clinical services in an increasingly tight fiscal environment.

 By charging for parking we are aiming to control the demand, reduce congestion and increase the number of parks we have available. This will reduce the time our visitors need to spend looking for a car park.

  PAID CAR PARKING

Patients, visitors and staff wishing to park a vehicle on-site at Whangarei Hospital have to pay a car parking fee, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm.

 The first one (1) hour is free for public car parking. After 5pm, until 8.30am during the week and 24-hours on Saturday and Sunday is also free. Motorbikes and bicycles can park for free every day.

 There are more than 311 ‘public only’ car parks for the public. Of the 311 public car parks there are 33 accessible (disability) parks. The public car parks are highlighted on the map. The main public car park is accessed via Maunu Road (near the main hospital entrance).

If you are visiting the Child Health Centre, Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre or Wheelchair Services you will access the public car parks via Hospital Road.

 There is no fee to drive into the hospital site and drop someone off, as long as you leave within one hour. You still need to take a ticket but there will be no charge for up to one (1) hour. Public car parking is well signposted. Reserved staff only car parks will have a large blue number painted in the bay. Please do not park in staff only bays.

 Our Parking Administrator and the hospital security team are here to help. They will be patrolling the car parks and can also be found at the security desk adjacent to the hospital main entrance. Call 0800 4 72757 (0800 4 PARKS) to contact the Parking Administrator.

 HOW TO PAY

You will receive a parking ticket when you drive into the hospital site which will give you access to the car park. Take this ticket with you – do not leave it in your vehicle. If you are parking at the hospital during the free times there will be no fee but you do need to validate your ticket in a pay machine to enable you to exit the car park.

At the end of your visit and before returning to your vehicle, insert your ticket and pay at one of the automatic payment machines. Pay machines are located in the car parks and inside the foyer of the hospital (near main entrance). The machine will tell you how much you need to pay for parking. You can pay with cash, eftpos or credit card.

Return to your vehicle. Drive to nearest exit and insert your ticket into the machine to raise the barrier arm. If your ticket is unpaid the barrier arm will not rise to let you out.

 EXEMPTIONS

A minimum number of exemptions have been made, i.e. regional health shuttles, emergency vehicles, courier and delivery vehicles, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, renal patients who drive themselves or are driven for haemodialysis, Chaplains, blood donors and Volunteers.

 Other exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may include parents of critically ill children, immediate family of long stay patients (patients staying over three weeks), and genuine hardship will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Exemption application forms are available through your outpatient clinic.

Exemptions will not be made for patients who are held up due to outpatient clinics running over time. As delays can occur for a number of reasons within the hospital, it isn’t practical to make exceptions for each circumstance.

 HEALTH SHUTTLES

Health Shuttles are available for people who may require transport. The service is usually free for people attending outpatient appointments, parents of children with an appointment at the hospital and carers attending with patients, although a koha (donation) is always welcomed.

All shuttles services are available for patients Monday to Friday. Shuttles do not run on Weekends or Public Holidays. Shuttle times will vary.

Weekday Kaitaia Bus Service Kaitaia to Whangarei return

0800 682 684

Linking Hands Inc. Health Shuttle Services

09 431 8969 Maungaturoto and Ruakaka

09 431 4121 Mangawhai

Kaipara Community Health Trust Health Shuttle

09 439 3013 Local Dargaville service and to Whangarei Hospital

National Travel Assistance

Some people may be able to receive National Travel Assistance for travel reimbursement if they are referred by a hospital specialist and travel long distances or visit a specialist frequently.

For more information on National Travel Assistance please contact:

0800 682 684

 ON-SITE HELP

Our Parking Administrator and the hospital security team are here to help. They will be patrolling the car parks and can also be found at the security desk adjacent to the main entrance.

0800 4 72757 (0800 4 PARKS) to contact the Parking Administrator.

Maternity unit delay to avoid disruptions

February 26th, 2015

Planning for future expansion will cause a slight delay in the completion of Whangarei’s new maternity services building.

Two additional floors will be added to the Maternity Unit at a later stage as the new hospital is gradually built and the necessary foundation and infrastructure work have already been carried out.

The original building design incorporated strengthened flooring above the new unit to ensure that, when the time came to build additional levels, disruption would be minimised. However, Northland DHB chief executive Dr Nick Chamberlain says that the board made a decision last week to construct a shell above the maternity unit now to avoid any disturbances of maternity services going forward.

“Recent amendments to Health and Safety legislation are leading to safer, more conservative building practices and discussions with clinical leaders have confirmed that we would still need to move the maternity unit to another area of the hospital while building the floor above. With our space constraints and the specialised nature of maternity services, this would be extremely difficult.”

The new maternity unit replaces the current 40-year-old facility with a modern, family- friendly facility. The facility will co-locate antenatal clinics, assessment rooms, birthing rooms and post-natal beds that are currently spread over two floors in the hospital. The new facility includes a high dependency unit and central staff base. Each birthing room and bedroom will have full ensuite facilities.

The completion and occupation of the Maternity Unit will now be November 2015.

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Open for Business

December 3rd, 2014

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The Jim Carney Cancer Centre held its Public Open Day on 8 December 2014, with guided tours, a bouncy castle, face painting, sausage sizzle, tasty treats and healthy living promotions.

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Promise to Northland Fulfilled and Celebrated

December 3rd, 2014

Raising three million in three years to build a local cancer treatment unit sounded nigh on impossible when first suggested but Northland has done it and the public are invited to celebrate this Saturday 8 December at its open day.

The Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre was completed in September and will be functioning from November 17. It is the result of collaboration between Northland DHB and the community, led by The Northland Community Foundation.

Based at Whangarei Hospital, the building, which began in February this year, is purpose-built to replace the cramped and inadequate facilities for cancer treatment, currently housed in the hospital building. The new centre will provide significantly more space, privacy, multi-disciplinary meeting areas, designated areas for children’s treatment and room to grow for the future.

Says Oncology clinical nurse manager Maggie Prentice: “We have been excitedly watching the building progress from our window all year and the end result is just great. There is so much more space for patients, whanau and staff alike. Patients are looking forward to the move. To have treatment in a purpose-built building with opportunities for their journey is a little easier.”

She says over 15 staff will be based at the unit with others coming and going.

The Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre, named after a prominent Whangarei businessman and philanthropist who died in November 2000, is the result of a vision five years ago. That vision, driven by two key people: Jack Broome and Karen Roach, became Project Promise, which was subsequently supported by many hundreds of Northlanders involved in a huge variety of fundraising events and activities. Together they raised over $3 million towards the $5 million project (Northland DHB funded the other $2 million) to make the cancer centre “promise” come true.

The Carney family trust made a generous donation and have backed the project from day one. Mr Carney’s widow Mary says the end result is a great achievement by the people of Northland who have contributed in many ways to make the building a reality.

“This Unit will benefit Northland families with regards to treatment. I am very pleased to be part of this project and I know Jim would have been very enthusiastic about it too.”

NCF chairman Richard Ayton says, despite hitting a rough patch halfway during fundraising, due to the global financial downturn and the Canterbury earthquakes, after a final push to reach the $3 million target, they were able to announce the conclusion of a successful campaign.

“It’s pleasing to see the end result of everyone’s hard work.”

Northland DHB chief executive Nick Chamberlain says, over the past few years there has been a huge growth (a tripling) in demand for cancer services in Northland. Hundreds of cancer patients each year will receive over 6000 treatments and appointments in the new centre.

“The community support has been astounding and I couldn’t help getting swept up in the energy and positivity of this project myself. There are so many people to thank, it isn’t feasible to do it personally – but every contribution of time, money, fundraising, goods or services is gratefully and thankfully acknowledged.”

An invitation-only opening ceremony of the Jim Carney Cancer Unit will be held Friday November 7, which will be attended by the Minister of Health. On Saturday 8 an open day at the centre begins at 10am – 3pm and will include guided tours, a bouncy castle, face painting, sausage sizzle, tasty treats and healthy living promotions.

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WHANGAREI HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT – UPDATE No 29

May 21st, 2014

Project updates for the week ending 28th March 2014 include:

   
New Build: Office Accommodation Building and Access Road Robinson Asphalts have commenced construction of a new internal road that will provide access to the new Office Accommodation building. Topsoil is being removed from the access road site and a new road is being laid out using fill cut from the Maternity site. Earthworks for the new Office Accommodation Building are largely complete and foundation work will commence shortly.
     
New Build: Maternity Canam are undertaking bulk excavation earthworks for the Maternity site. Material suitable for cut is being used as fill for the new access road. It is estimated that there is 7000 cubic metres of earth to be moved from this site. Where possible this will be utilised on the new Access Road. Proof drilling, new waste water and storm water drainage works are continuing.
   
New Build: Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre Aline have foundation excavation works 90% complete on the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre Site. The first site concrete being poured on Friday. Precast concrete manufacture is well under way and reinforcing activities have commenced.
   
New Build: Wheelchair and Equipment Services Work on the main interior structure framing and roof cladding is complete. Window joinery will arrive on site on Friday.
   
New Build: Staff Gymnasium Floor coverings have been completed with landscaping progressing well. The installation of fixtures and fittings will be completed next week. All staff have been invited to an official blessing and opening ceremony at 8.30am on the 7th of April 2014 (refer all staff email communication from 17th of March).

 

For any project enquiries please contact the Project Office at Whangarei Hospital: project.office@northlanddhb.org.nz/

WHANGAREI HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT – UPDATE No 28

May 21st, 2014

Project updates for the week ending 21st March 2014 include:

New Build: Staff Gymnasium Landscaping and floor covering works have commenced and painting has been complete. This project is due for completion and will be officially opened with a blessing ceremony on the 7th of April 2014.
   
New Build: Maternity Proof drilling, bulk excavation and new waste water drainage works are continuing.
   
New Build: Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre Bulk excavation is complete. Survey set out is underway with foundation excavations commencing this week. Work continues on various off-site construction works including pre-casting of concrete componentry.
   
New Build: Wheelchair and Equipment Services Work on the main interior structure framing is continuing and roof and external lining activities have commenced.

 

For any project enquiries please contact the Project Office at Whangarei Hospital: 09 470 0000 extn 3336 or project.office@northlanddhb.org.nz/

WHANGAREI HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT – UPDATE No 27

May 21st, 2014

Project updates for the week ending 14th March 2014 include:

   
New Build: Staff Gymnasium This project is due for completion and will be officially opened with a blessing ceremony on the 7th of April 2014. Interior lining is complete and concrete pathways have been installed. Landscaping and painting activities are continuing.  Vinyl laying will commence next week.
   
New Build: Maternity Contractors are continuing proof drilling works and relocating and diverting existing water mains through to the southwest corner. This week preparations for bulk excavation have also commenced.
   
New Build: Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre Work continues on site drainage, bulk excavation activities and various off-site construction works including pre-casting of componentry.
   
New Build: Wheelchair and Equipment Services Floor installation is complete and work on the main interior structure framing has commenced. Next week roof and external lining activities will commence.

 

For any project enquiries please contact the Project Office at Whangarei Hospital: 09 470 0000 extn 3336 or project.office@northlanddhb.org.nz/