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Northland DHB Hospital Redevelopment Private: Maternity

Project Brief

As part of the site redevelopment plan at Whangarei Hospital the Northland District Health Board has signed off the building of a new Maternity Facility.

It will be a facility that allows for an integrated and collaborative multi disciplinary team approach when caring for women and their babies.

It also provides an opportunity to align maternity services in Northland with the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines and Maternity Services Standards of Care.

Whangarei Hospital provides Level 4 Maternity/Obstetric care to the women of Northland. Birth rates at Whangarei Hospital have been increasing since 2006. The existing facilities that house the maternity service are over 40 years old.

Whilst normal maintenance has occurred, the current unit is poorly planned and operationally inefficient as the birthing suite, Ward 11 and the ANC are housed in three separate locations spread over two floors. Reductions in operational inefficiencies will result in improved service and outcomes for women.

The Maternity new build will be sited as per the Site Master Plan where the previous Mental Health Inpatient Unit (Wards 6 & 7) was located in accordance with the Site Master Plan. This is an ideal location for future access to theatres.

The new facility will house all Maternity services under one roof and includes five birthing rooms with ensuite facilities, 18 inpatient beds consisting of mainly one and two bedroom units all with ensuite facilities and four antenatal clinic rooms.

Also included in the new facility is a courtyard and a dedicated room for parents and families who lose their child from still birth or neonatal loss. Alongside this will be a new Maternity Assessment Unit with beds which will reduce the number of short stay patients.

Artists Impression Sketch April 2012

The Maternity unit itself forms the footprint of a planned ward block on top for future development of the Whangarei Hospital site.