The public are warmly invited to attend the Bay of Islands Hospital Open Day, Saturday 29 September between 10am and 2pm.
Construction of the Redevelopment Stage One, Bay of Islands Hospital project started in June 2017, the Mid North’s biggest health infrastructure project in decades.
The hospital caters to people from just south of Kawakawa to Kaeo. The ground level of the new building sees a new accident and medical department, which also provides new facilities for radiology and for GPs to provide after-hours services.
Upstairs is a new 20-bed medical ward.
A $200,000 donation from the Hugo Charitable Trust is being used to buy building materials for the construction of a new Whānau House on site and to purchase clinical equipment and an acute telehealth solution for the new Accident and Medical Department.
Jen Thomas, operations manager says the main challenge has been to ensure that the hospital remained operational throughout construction.
“It is important to acknowledge the staff and community for their patience over the last 15-months. It is always disruptive working around a ‘live’ construction site, however everyone has taken it in their stride and very shortly it will all be open ready to better serve our community.”
A key feature of the project has been the artwork provided by staff and members of the community. Photographs that depict the Mid North have been chosen to be displayed throughout the hospital creating a warm, friendly environment.
“We were offered so many beautiful photographs, it was really hard to choose,” Jen explains.
“The images we have settled on reflect how vibrant our district and community is so we hope everyone enjoys them when they visit.”