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Regional Renal Centre blessing
|The new $7.6 million Regional Renal Centre on the hospital grounds received a colourful blessing this morning.
Kaumatua, chaplains, staff, contractors, patients and a band were among the 80-strong group to make this a special occasion.
The centre opens its doors to patients on Monday 26 November.
Located at the eastern end of the Waiora Waikato Hospital campus in the
refurbished Lions Cancer Lodge, the facility will cater for renal
patients who come for dialysis treatment from throughout the Midland
The existing unit is too small and unable to cater for the
Included in the blessing procession was the acknowledgement of the Maori
names given to the Regional Renal Centre by Te Puna Oranga in
consultation with Kaumatua Kaunihera.
The centre, He Uru Kahikatea, is named after the kahikatea tree which
offers shelter and support. They grow very close and strong together and
are able to withstand the impacts of mother nature
Within the centre, Te Kohanga symbolises a nest offering protection. In
the wing where the clinics are, Te Mowai represents a safe haven.
staff room, Koru Room, represents a resting room. The staff wing which
will also have predialysis patients going through, Te Marumaru, offers
shade and relief.
Renal Services clinical director Dr Peter Sizeland called the facility
“wonderful and fabulous”, and “an endorsement of our services”. He
thanked all those who have supported the journey.
“It will provide a positive space for empathy and relationships with
family that are both rewarding to staff and patients.” he said
“The team are excited and passionate about its future and want to move onwards and upwards”
The renal centre “boy band”, who have featured in the media lately, provided the entertainment today.
Date: 20 November 2012
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