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Hutt Hospital celebrated 75 Years in the community

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Fuseworks Media

It’s not often staff are encouraged to eat cake in a hospital but there are always exceptions to that rule and a 75th birthday is a good exception.

Today Hutt Valley DHB staff tucked into cake to celebrate and mark an impressive 75 years of Hutt Hospital taking care of people in the region.

Seventy five years ago on that day the then Defence Minister the Hon. Frederick Jones officially opened the hospital announcing foundations for a further wing had already been laid. Although patients had been admitted since April 27 1944.

During that time the hospital has:

treated almost 2.5m people - that’s around 20,000 a year or 620 a week

performed around 361,000 operations - over 4,800 a year or 93 a week

had almost 1.5m admissions to its emergency department - just under 19,600 a year or 377 a week

There’s been almost 10m bed stays during that time.

Acting Chief Executive Dale Oliff says it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to observe, during her time stewarding the DHB, its journey of transformation - becoming a modern, fit for purpose facility with a focus on providing relevant services in a dynamic community.

"Our model of care is so different to what it was 75 years ago. The Hutt Valley is home to an extremely diverse multicultural community and our DHB reflects that.

"These days a big focus for us is care in the community - supporting patients, where it’s appropriate, to receive care in their home or their primary health organisation, marae, pharmacy or community centre. Not segregating them in a hospital.

"But people will always need to come to hospital and that’s why we’re celebrating our bricks and mortar on May 15 to remember those that came before us and think about those that will come."

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