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New Endoscopy Unit Work Begins

The Whangarei Hospital endoscopy service currently operates from two separate locations; one in the theatre complex and the second in the medical outpatient zone. The service is to be relocated and consolidated to provide a more streamlined service for both acute and elective endoscopy procedures. A new unit is to be built in the old […]

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Northland DHB Hospital Redevelopment New Endoscopy Unit Work Begins

New Endoscopy Unit Work Begins

The Whangarei Hospital endoscopy service currently operates from two separate locations; one in the theatre complex and the second in the medical outpatient zone.

The service is to be relocated and consolidated to provide a more streamlined service for both acute and elective endoscopy procedures. A new unit is to be built in the old maternity delivery suite which will combine and bring together the current split service together for a permanent solution which will operate more efficiently and cohesively.  The location will also allow free access for outpatients and allow for transfer of patients from Endoscopy to the inpatient wards.

Work on this area began on Monday 25 March 2019 with the expectation of practical completion by 28 November 2019.  The area will be closed as an exit from the building.

Please familiarise yourself with the plan below that highlights alternative exits that are available from Level 1 Medical Wing.

 

Alternate Exit Routes

As well as hoarding the area outside Ward 12, contractors will also be fencing off external access to the area.

Upon completion of the unit, endoscopy services will be provided Monday to Friday for elective procedures. Northland DHB will also commence participation in the national bowel screening programme, which is a driver for the expansion of endoscopy room capacity to meet the endoscopic demands for the next 10-12 years.

The new unit will include:

  • Booking and Scheduling
  • Reception and waiting area
  • Pre-procedure Preparation areas including consent, consult and preparation rooms
  • 2 x procedure rooms
  • Scope processing room
  • First, second and third stage Recovery
  • Interview room
  • Store, utility and inventory rooms
  • Staff tearoom and changing rooms

The Endoscopy team are currently working on preparing for the new unit.

Any questions, please contact Project Manager Debbie Rihari – email debbie.rihari@northlanddhb.org.nz