Palmerston North Hospital Capital Project Update

The MidCentral District Health Board currently has a number of major short- and long-term capital projects either in the planning stages or underway to improve and expand facilities to meet current and future demand.

At the front of the hospital, construction work is underway to put in place the building foundations for a new, larger Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU) and emergency department observation area (EDOA). This is on track to be completed by the end of 2022. (Pictured below)

DHB’s Surgical Procedural Interventional Recovery and Expansion (SPIRE) project will expand our surgical and gastroenterology facility. Two additional operating theaters and a cardiac catheterization laboratory (catheterization laboratory) will be added to the existing operating theater. In addition, the number of procedure rooms in our gastroenterology department will increase from two to four. Further work will improve patient flow through theater and gastroenterology through the extension of the surgery day area (DOSA) and the post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU). The work is being carried out in two stages, with the first stage (DOSA and gastroenterology) expected to be completed by mid-2022. Work on the theaters and the catheterization laboratory will then follow.

A new acute mental health facility is to be erected on the Heretaunga Street side of the Palmerston North Hospital campus. This project is currently in the final design phase, with construction expected to begin in late 2022.

Planning for a new acute services block and upgrading/revitalization of the existing clinical services block has begun. DHB is working closely with the Department of Health in developing a business case for this investment.

To allow members of the public to follow progress, a new website shows the progress of capital projects underway at Palmerston North Hospital. This can be accessed via www.projects.mdhb.health.nz.

Neil Wanden, Managing Director, Finance and Corporate Services, said; “There are currently many changes to our buildings and infrastructure at Palmerston North Hospital. Although there will be short term disruption due to construction work, the end results will be a significantly improved capacity to provide services to our communities and our staff.. These will serve well into the future and provide better health care for generations to come.

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Communications Unit PO Box 2056, Palmerston North 4440 | Phone: (06) 350-8945 | [email protected] | www.midcentraldhb.govt.nz

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