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Blessing before demolition at Waikato Hospital

Waikato District Health Board will acknowledge the past and look to the future at a dawn blessing ceremony next Friday (12 February).

The 7am ceremony led by Tainui Kaumatua with the Waikato Hospital chaplaincy will farewell four hospital buildings and bless the site for further construction.

The old Distribution Centre, Purchasing, Kitchen and Bendal buildings are all marked for demolition to make way for the new Waikato Clinical Centre.

Waikato DHB Building Programme project director Ian Wolstencroft said these buildings date back to 1908 and hold a lot of history for many people.

“The old kitchen holds a great deal of family history with many generations working there and the Bendall Building was an important part of the hospital when it held the original operating theatres.”

Mr Wolstencroft said the DHB is inviting anyone who holds a connection with the buildings to attend the ceremony, which includes past and present staff.

No RSVP is required. Meet at B5 of the carpark building.

Background information:
The demolition of these buildings is part of the enabling works for Waikato Clinical Centre, a $118 million multi level building that will house:

  • a 40-place day surgery suite
  • eight new operating theatres, with space for four more
  • outpatient consultation rooms for most acute medical and surgical specialties
  • intervention suites, such as catheter labs, angiography and endoscopy.

All ‘day work’ at the hospital including outpatient clinics and the Same Day Admissions Unit will move into the Waikato Clinical Centre. The first stage of the centre will open in March 2012.

The works also includes refurbishment of two levels of the Waiora Waikato Centre to link it with the clinical centre and house radiology and the intensive care and high dependency units.

It is the most significant part of the DHB’s $300 million Building Programme project.

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