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Thames Birthing Unit construction on hold

Construction of a new primary birthing unit in Thames, due to open in June, is on hold.

The DHB announced 18 months ago it would construct the unit on Mary Street after a survey found that more than 90 per cent of women would give birth in Thames if there were a new primary birthing facility.

The estimated building costs then were just over $890,000.

However, Waikato DHB Building Programme project director Ian Wolstencroft said prices, which came back after the job went to tender, were far too high.

“This means we need to review the project specifications and the scope of work involved. That will delay construction.

“We’re doing everything we can to ensure this project happens and we’re working with tender applicants to obtain a price estimate within our budget,” Mr Wolstencroft said.

The original plans would largely stay the same with no reduction of planned birthing places.

Jacquie Mitchell, Thames Hospital manager said the hospital would continue to provide the same excellent midwife-led, primary birthing services in the meantime.



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