New Taranaki Base Hospital officially opens its doors to Taranaki

27 June 2014

Health Minister Hon Tony Ryall will officially open the Taranaki Base Hospital redevelopment (Project Maunga) on Friday 27 June at 10am .

Taranaki DHB Chief Executive, Tony Foulkes said “ This is very exciting moment for the people of Taranaki, and I am extremely grateful for the level of commitment and enthusiasm from everyone involved that has resulted in a modern fit for purpose hospital that will serve our community for many years to come.”

In 2004 planning began to develop a clinical services plan for the future and a building that enabled more modern ways of working was envisioned. “The manner in which health services care for, treat and support patients is constantly evolving and so we needed something with some flexibility that was as future proofed as possible,” said Mr Foulkes .

Ten years later and the people of Taranaki now have a new user friendly, modern and comfortable hospital with many new features to allow more efficient and effective working services and with the latest equipment and technology. The new building includes s ix new operating theatres, day stay services, a new inpatient ward block, better quality environment for patients & staff and improved patient flows.

Mr Foulkes said, “A ll of this is very important but is useless without the skilled clinical and support people to be able to work in them. We have a team of extremely caring people working every day and night and they are really the heart beat of the hospital.

Many people and groups have been involved with creating an innovative Taranaki Base Hospital. User groups of staff with input from patients and community groups had to think about how a new environment could improve services for the future.

“Project Maunga is not just about bricks and mortar, it is about hospital services working with primary care and other community based services to offer better care for the Taranaki people,
and I hope something that the whole community can be proud of,” added Mr Foulkes .

As an organisation there has been a major focus on the rebuild, however not all services are directly involved yet all staff have continued to provide uninterrupted health services to the community.

“On top of their day to day jobs over recent years all these people have contributed, together with the design and building contractors to enable our community to benefit from this new hospital building. It has been an absolutely huge ‘Team Taranaki’ effort and without all those many different roles we would not have achieved what we have today,” said Mr Foulkes .

 

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Last updated: Friday, June 27, 2014

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