Many projects form the Building Programme at the Waiora Waikato campus, which includes Waikato Hospital, the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre and Older Persons and Rehabilition Building.
Regional Renal Centre
Completed: November 2012
Cost: $7.6 million
The reconfiguration and refurbishment of the old Lions Cancer Lodge for a new Regional Renal Centre, with an additional 120m2 of space, is complete.
The centre opened 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 region.
The existing unit is too small and unable to cater for the demand.
This 'whole treatment centre' includes:
Visit the photo gallery to see construction progress images and read about one of our staff.
- Haemodialysis treatment with 38 ports/stations instead of the current 12 ports/stations
- Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD)
- Outpatient clinics
- Store for dialysis products
- Patient training area for dialysis modality
Completed: March 2012
Cost: $7.2 million
After 16 months of construction, upgrade of the laboratory on Waiora L3 is complete.
During construction, requirement for the laboratory to function on site and maintain a 24-hour service created interesting challenges for both laboratory staff and construction workers.
Building was done over five stages, with departments decanting and relocating around construction. Both the laboratory and construction staff worked together on the same side over this period.
The laboratory now boasts an airy open plan environment, and is a vast improvement from the previously confined and segmented work areas. The new laboratory space is process workflow-efficient and provides a good environment for staff.
The rebuild has allowed room for the recent installation of leading technology automation, designed to streamline processing of biochemical tests. Planning was also done in conjunction with development of the new laboratory information system, due to go live this year.
Visit the photo gallery to see images of the new laboratory
Pembroke St Carpark Building
Completed: January 2012
Located opposite the new Emergency Department, this new five-level building will have space for 218 vehicles and a cafe.
Acute Services and the Older Persons and Rehabilitation Services buildings will relocate more than 200 beds to the western side of the Waikato Hospital campus.
For the DHB to meet resource consent requirements, additional parking must be provided over that side so a second carpark building is required.
Visit the photo gallery to see images of the new car park.
Thames Birthing Unit
Completed: September 2011
Cost: $1.1 million
Construction of Thames Birthing Unit is complete and it opened doors for business on 7 September 2011.
Brand new facilities, private rooms and relaxing outdoor areas are just some of the exciting improvements that Thames-Coromandel women can look forward to using.
With three bedrooms, two birthing rooms, a birthing pool, a breastfeeding room and lounge facilities, Thames Birthing Unit is an inviting place for women to give birth.
State-of-the-art facility opens for women
Each bedroom and birthing room has its own ensuite.
Thames Birthing Unit is a primary birthing facility, for natural, low-risk births under midwifery care.
Visit the Thames Birthing Unit web page.
Visit the photo gallery to see images of the Thames Birthing Unit.
|Completed: September 2011|
Acute Services, including Emergency
Completed: July 2011
Cost: $48 Million
Construction of levels two and three of Waikato Hospital’s new $48 million Acute Services Building in Hamilton is complete. Watch the video.
This modern purpose built facility with leading-edge technology, new equipment, enhanced privacy and security features is home also to Emergency Department, which opened in February, as well as Medical Records on the lower ground floor.
Old wards 5, 22, 23, and the Medical Short Stay Unit moved into the new facility
Handover of the building to the Waikato District Health Board from Fletcher Construction was on 4 June 2011.
Wards 5, 22, 23, and the Medical Short Stay Unit will move into the new facility.
Watch this video of the new building.
- Acute Medical Unit - Level 2 has 26 beds and provide three separate functions: acute assessments, short stay (was Medical Short Stay Unit), and chest pain unit which will open in September.
- Ward A2 - Level 2 (was Ward 22 respiratory) has 25 beds
- Ward A3 - Level 3 (was Ward 23 general medicine) has 25 beds
- Ward A4 - Level 3 (was Ward 5 general medicine) has 25 beds
Visit the photo gallery
to see images of the Acute Services, including Emergency.
About the new department
ED is a busy place at Waikato Hospital; it provides acute care to nearly 60,000 patients each year.
The new department is a modern, purpose built and much-larger facility with leading–edge technology and equipment.
The layout allows for better flow and many rooms have a specific purpose and/or type of patient.
It also removes bed spaces from the corridors and helps to address privacy, comfort and crowding concerns for patients and staff.
All these improvements, with service delivery changes, will ultimately improve the care provided to patients.
The new Emergency Department entrance is hard to miss off Pembroke Street, with Reception located near the front door.
Security are permanently located at this entrance, allowing them to have greater oversight of who enters the department whilst monitoring the drop off parking area.From reception, four doors lead to the main department areas:
ConsultationFor treating patients with less serious conditions.
Adult Acute AssessmentFor adults requiring emergency care. This area occupies a third of the department and many rooms/cubicles have ensuite facilities.
The area also has a short stay unit for adult patients requiring a short period of observation or treatment but not admittance to a ward.
Children’s EmergencyFor children and youth aged up to 17 years. This area also has its own waiting area.
This area also has a dedicated short stay unit for children who require a short period of treatment and/or observation before discharge with their parent or caregiver.
ResuscitationFor seriously or critically ill patients.
Midland Regional Forensic upgrade
Completed: August 2010
The project involved three key tasks:
Forensic mental health is assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals who are part of the criminal justice system and experiencing mental health difficulties.
- Refurbishment of three forensic wards
- Construction of two new buildings – a Whare and Kokiri Centre – and a retaining wall
- Construction of a new, secure main entrance for the service.
This type of care is provided in the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre where patients can stay for long periods of time so the facilities must meet their individual and cultural needs.
The refurbished and new facilities allow the forensic service to provide better clinical and cultural care in a safer and more appropriate environment.
The work allows the centre to deliver a more comprehensive patient care journey starting with acute admission, sub acute, care and rehabilitation in a variety of secure environments. Service users move through these areas/wards as they are rehabilitated, with their treatment to be completed in the Transition House before returning home.
The Whare and Kokiri Centre focus on culturally appropriate treatment and rehabilitation. The Whare is for cultural activities and meetings, and the Kokiri Centre is for rehabilitation activities including cooking, carving, art, computer skills and carpentry.
More information about Puawai, the Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service.
Visit the photo gallery to see images of the Midland Regional Forensic Centre.
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) extension
Completed: February 2009
The new unit is an extension out from the old premises with a new level above the Delivery Suite.
The new premises are four times larger with greater patient capacity and more space for staff and visiting family. Some of the nurseries overlook the Hamilton Lake, a view parents and family members will appreciate after spending weeks, an sometimes months, in the unit.
The old NICU area was also refurbished to create a new reception area and temporary accommodation rooms for parents of newborns in the unit.
Delivery Suite refurbishment
Completed: January 2009
The refurbishment of Waikato Hospital's Delivery Suite was the first for the area since it opened in 1979.
The revamped facility, located at level B3 Elizabeth Rothwell Building, provides a much more comfortable environment for women to give birth in.
The delivery suite now consists of seven larger and more private birthing rooms with natural light, soundproofing, modern décor, one entry and exit door and ensuite bathrooms with showers.
The Women's Assessment Unit, next to the Delivery Suite, is for pregnant women not in active labour or requiring high dependency care and post-natal care.
The unit is a 24-hour acute and semi-acute service for women.
Hague Road Carpark and main entry building
Located at the eastern side of the campus, the building is the primary parking area for the public. It is open 24 hours a day, can hold more than 800 vehicles and provides direct access into the main hospital buildings.
Currently, the car park building is a fair distance from the clinic or ward you are visiting. This is only a temporary measure. When the clinical centre opens in 2012 all clinics and day procedures will be housed in the centre which will link directly onto the car park building.
In the meantime, you can catch a ride to your destination on one of the hospital shuttles that depart every 10-20 minutes on weekdays from Level B5 of the carpark and main entry building.
Visit the photo gallery to see images of the new carpark and entry building.
The upgrade of Thames Hospital was completed in 2008 and the new buildings were officially opened in February 2009, this included:
- Sperry Lane Café, a new hospital kitchen and dining area
- Thames Clinical Centre construction, to house Emergency Department, radiology and outpatients
- Inpatient Unit construction, to house the hospital wards and a High Acuity Unit.
Visit the Thames Hospital web page.
Visit the photo gallery to see images of the Thames Birthing Unit.