Meade Clinical Centre
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Construction timeframe: February 2010 – Mid 2014
Contractors: Hawkins Construction
Cost: $130 million
- Stage 1: clinics, endoscopy and High Dependency Unit move in phases from 10 September – December 2012
- Stage 2: interventional suites, some theatres and Critical Care - 30 June 2013
- Stage 3: Radiology – April 2014
- Stage 4: completion of Meade Clinical Centre – April 2014
The $130m Meade Clinical Centre is the most significant part of Waikato Hospital's building programme and the biggest hospital project ever seen in Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
The five-level 39,000m2 building links directly onto the Hague Road car park at three levels.
Most outpatient clinics will be inside along with the Interventional Suite, Same Day Admissions Unit and additional theatres.
The hospital's Critical Care Unit including Intensive Care and High Dependency will move into level four.
The scope of work also includes demolition of the Smith Building and refurbishment of two levels in the Waiora Waikato Centre.
The building opened in three stages from September 2012 with full completion by mid 2014.
Visit the photo gallery to see construction progress images of the Meade Clinical Centre.
Read about the Meade family's involvement with Waikato Hospital.
|Meade Clinical Centre timeline
||East end of Meade Clinical Centre completed - Levels 1, 2,3 and 4 includes most clinics. High Dependancy Unit, Endoscopy and support offices. New main corridor route opens. Demolition starts on the Smith Building.
||3 September 2012 to
30 January 2013
||West end of Meade Clinical Centre completed - Levels 2,3 and 4 includes interventional suites, some theatres and Intensive Care completing Critical Care.
||Radiology and Waiora Waikato Centre Level 1
||30 April 2014
||Completion of the Meade Clinical Centre: Red Corridor commissioning and site completion
||30 April 2014
What does it mean for you, the patient?
|Prior to the Meade Clinical Centre build, you may have experienced:
- Lack of information to prepare for your appointment, such as the cost of car parking
- Lack of information regarding wait-time delays
- Limited use of technology to assist with appointment reminders
- Difficulty in getting from the car park to your appointed clinic(s)
- Difficulty in finding your way to the clinic
The following improvements are being introduced with the Meade Clinical Centre build:
- Improved meet and greet for patients by our dedicated receptionists
- Standardising of outpatient appointment letters to ensure information is clear
- Receptionists will have greater visibility of waiting times so they can communicate with patients upon their arrival
- Implementation of text message appointment reminders
- Direct access to the Meade Clinical Centre clinics from the Main Campus Car Park building
- Revised signage and way finding solutions to ensure clear directions for visitors.
Chief Operating Officer
|“The Meade Clinical Centre will have a patient-centred approach,” said chief operating officer Jan Adams.
“The facility will be a
one-stop-shop where the patient and family/support people come direct
from the Main Campus Car Park into the clinics.
“They will walk into a clean, modern environment and can have confidence in the care they receive.”
Processes will be in place for a streamlined, informed
patient experience and the new process will mean patients receive an
appropriate appointment time taking into consideration how far away they
live from the hospital and whether other tests or clinic visits can be
done on the same day.
“Patients should no longer have to wait unnecessarily and will leave well informed on their care plan.”
|Five fast facts about the Meade Clinical Centre
- The $130 million Meade Clinical Centre was approved in 2004.
- Construction on the five-level 39,000m2 building started in February 2010.
- More than 150 people working are working on the Meade Clinical Centre site.
- The building links directly onto the Hague Road car park at three levels.
- Each level in the Meade Clinical Centre building has a strong colour theme. In the atrium patients and visitors can look over the light well of the mezzanine floors to see the different levels and different colours.
|A BIG shopping list
The outpatient area in the Meade Clinical Centre is
11,340m2 (or approximately one-and-a-half rugby fields) and has more
than 100 rooms.
All these rooms need furnishing with equipment ready to
make sure clinics can be up and running effectively without disruption
to patient care. All equipment for stage one is currently being
This includes new equipment required and existing
equipment that can be relocated and amounts to more than 6000 items
costing around $4.5million.
The shopping list includes the basic items and ranges
from consult room equipment, such as desks, chairs, stools, stationery
holders, filing cabinets and waste paper bins to items like lead aprons,
special trolleys, sharps containers, diagnostics sets,
Electrocardiography machines, lockers, treadmills, and complex fit-out
rooms like dental clinics, special procedure room lighting – all the
equipment and special instruments required to run clinics.
A solution to help us find our way
|One of the most frequent complaints received from patients and visitors to the massive Waiora Waikato Hospital campus is that it can be hard to find your way around.
With the building of new facilities comes the opportunity to try and get that right from the outset.
The Meade Clinical Centre way finding project seeks to improve the patient and visitor experience.
“When the first stage of the Meade Clinical Centre opens, there will be a new way finding solution in place on the campus to assist visitors, patients and staff to navigate their way around,” said media and communications director Mary Anne Gill.
“This will be in the form of 21 kiosks and two overhead digital signs placed around key areas of the hospital to provide an interactive solution to and from the Meade Clinical Centre.”
One of the key goals is to provide a 24/7 solution for more than just way finding directions, including easy access to key information regarding the hospital such as wheelchairs, shuttles, visiting hours, car parking, security and retail outlets.
“It will also provide an effective method for delivering key health messages to further educate patients and staff,” said Mrs Gill.
Mary Anne Gill
“The information on the kiosks will be the same as all other information we give the public in pamphlets, social media and our website.
“The solution can be updated rapidly to ensure accuracy of way finding information at all times.”
Another simple solution that will help patients find their way is the colour theme of each level of the Meade Clinical Centre.
“Each level has a strong colour theme as you enter.
“In the Atrium you can look over the light well of the mezzanine floors to see the different levels and different colours.”
Within the clinic areas there are different hues of the primary colours used to assist with way finding around the clinic areas.
Red is the colour for Level 1 as that theme runs throughout the hospital with the Red Corridor which is the hospital’s main artery.
Pull-up banners in the Meade Clinical Centre showing the process of the Meade Clinical Centre build. Click on the image below to view a bigger version.