Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened Waitemata DHB’s new $9.9 million outpatient clinic at North Shore Hospital.

“The new fit-for-purpose $9.9 million outpatient facility at North Shore Hospital will provide enough capacity to support future service growth over the coming years,” says Dr Coleman.

“The outpatient clinic, Kahui Manaaki, translates to ‘cluster of kindness’, which reflects key services being brought together which will help ensure patients receive better quality of care.

“The new clinic brings together specialist clinics, lab and oxygen therapy services, as well as 16 consulting rooms, and three teaching rooms.

“There is also a strong emphasis on training, research and innovation, with the clinic also bringing key academic partners together from the University of Auckland Medical School and Auckland University of Technology.

This will open up better teaching opportunities for students and staff. In particular for the DHB’s internationally recognised haematology clinicians to continue and expand their research.

“The new facility will enable North Shore Hospital to provide faster, high quality integrated care for patients.”

Waitemata is the largest and fastest growing DHB in New Zealand, currently there are 598,000 residents in the area with this set to grow by 90,000 people by 2025.

This is supported by an extra $51 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $1.5 billion for 2016/17. Over the last eight years the DHB has received an extra $409 million in funding.

Notes to Editor

The new fit-for purpose $9.9m outpatients facility is one of several projects in Waitemata DHB’s 10-year plan to ensure they meet the future needs of the local community:

He Puna Wāiora provides a new 46-bed mental health services inpatient unit Hine Ora is a dedicated 15-bed women’s health ward The North Shore Hospital Sky Bridge links the Elective Surgery Centre with the main hospital building The redevelopment of the emergency department at Waitakere Hospital is due to be concluded in May 2017 An increase in radiology CT Imaging capacity at Waitakere is due to begin later in 2017 Additional medical beds at Waitakere Hospital are due for completion in May 2017 A new 15 bed villa for the Mason clinic is due to be completed in July 2017

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