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Te Whare O Matairangi (Ward 27) Upgrade Gets Sign Off

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Te Whare O Matairangi (Ward 27) Upgrade Gets Sign Off

A project to refurbish Capital & Coast DHB's acute mental health inpatient facility, Te Whare O Matairangi, has now been given the go ahead from the Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall.

The work will be funded from within the DHB's internal capital expenditure budget and is expected to take between 14 and 18 months to complete.

Contingency plans for patients have been developed and when necessary, alternative accommodation has been chosen that can be used until all services can resume from the refurbished building.

Executive Director of Mental Health Services, Nigel Fairley, says the upgrade has been needed for some time with the current facility now well past its use by date.

"The current environment impinges on the delivery of modern care methods, while the building is also in desperate need of refurbishment due to its age. The work being carried out will include earthquake proofing and a new layout of patient accommodation and treatment areas that will allow for better flow for patients and staff. Once completed the refurbishment will increase the current ward floor area by 1000 sq metres with the bed numbers staying the same," Nigel says.

"While the refurbishment will give us a much improved environment for patients and staff it will also be a catalyst to introducing modern clinical best practice to the inpatient facility - something that is important in boosting morale and assisting in recovery."

It is hoped work can begin as early as the new year.

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