Tokoroa’s Jaida Maxwell-Davies, 10, had her teddies ready and her suitcase packed for the early morning move from floor to floor at Waikato Hospital today (13 October).
The children’s surgical ward moved from level 7 of the Elizabeth Rothwell Building to level 4 and is now officially called Ward E4 Waikids Surgery.
The move created some excitement for Jaida as she was one of the first patients to be wheeled down to her new room.
Jaida has been a regular visitor to the ward since she was born with a congenital bowel condition that requires lots of operations. Back in for another stay she has a special and fun relationship with all the nurses as they know her so well.
The move marks the end of Waikato DHB’s 10-year $500m building programme.
The 24 bed ward has a mix of single and double rooms, including two positive pressure rooms for children who have low immune systems e.g.have had chemotherapy, as well as a six-bedded high observation area.
There are tilt-away beds, remote control televisions, a kitchenette and bright animal pictures on the ward walls to give the ward a “kiwiana feel” just like the other Waikids wards.
All Waikids surgical services are in the same ward close to Waikato Hospital’s other critical care services but in the same building as the hospital’s paediatric services.
The old ward stays as a potential winter ward with the rest used by the Waikids play specialists who provide a play and recreation programme helping children to cope during their stay in hospital.
For project managers Julie Law and Lynnette Jones this marks an end of era for all the moves they have been involved with over the many years of construction at the Waiora Waikato hospital campus.
Julie started with the move of ED back in 2011 then onto the huge move of services into Meade Clinical Centre.
“It’s been a lot of hard work and long hours. Moving involves all the support services across the organisation including pharmacy, attendants, supply, IS and the list goes on,” says Julie.
“I feel a real sense of achievement as well as being part of a great team.”
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