The first cab off the rank in the close to $1 billion of new hospital facilities for Canterbury is nearing completion.
The $215 million redevelopment of Burwood Hospital is the largest Government earthquake recovery project in Christchurch East and was fast-tracked through the business case approvals process, saving approximately 18 months.
The build is managed by the Ministry of Health and a Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group. The Group was appointed by the Minister of Health in 2012, and made up of three independent members and the Chair of the Canterbury DHB.
On 17 May, the Prime Minister visited the new facility, which is due to see its first patients from the middle of June.
To make sure the new hospital is ready in time, 450 construction workers are on site each day in the lead up to opening, and evening and night shifts are also being utilised.
The new hospital includes 230 beds and will focus on facilities for older people, as well as continuing to provide the functions Burwood is renowned for. This includes orthopaedics, spinal injury treatment and rehabilitation, and brain injury treatment. The new hospital also includes new rehabilitation services, an extended radiology department, and an outpatients department able to manage 80,000 visits a year. A new front of house area includes a new main entrance with a café, reception, carparking, landscaped grounds, and signage. Meanwhile, a new back of house area includes a new hospital kitchen, clean and dirty loading docks, and a new environmentally friendly biomass boiler.
The hospital will be blessed on 26 May, before a public open day on Sunday 29 May. Services will move into the building throughout June. The official opening will take place in August.