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New premises for Waikato District Health Board services

Waikato DHB celebrated the opening of a brand new facility in Gallagher Drive, Hamilton last week (22 February). It is the new home for a range of services, including a purpose built warehouse and distribution facility (DHB supply chain) and community-based health services for district nursing and allied health including a community equipment and supplies loan area.

Waikato DHB acting Board chair Sally Webb and Gallagher Trust trustee, John Gallagher, cut the ribbon to open the new Gallagher Drive building.

Interim chief executive Derek Wright said, “It is great to be celebrating something like this that will support the clinical side of our business. This new warehouse allows us to get things to where they need to be fast, therefore helping clinicians do their job.”

“The new space for Southern Rural and Community services is also a big leap forward from what they had in the past – they are finally able to come together as a big team of around 120 staff and showcase their professional standing.”

The new purpose facility was designed and built by the owners John, Glenice and Keith Gallagher in partnership

Gallagher Building opening ribbon cutters
John Gallagher and Interim Board Chair Sally Webb

with Foster Construction and is leased to Waikato DHB on a long term lease. The core fit-out cost of $4.2M was paid for by the DHB and the cost of some speciality fit-out cost shared with Onelink who are the DHB’s supply chain partner.

This high tech warehouse and logistics drive through takes up approximately 4,800m2 of space. The size and layout has been designed to meet the requirements of the range and volume of products for the DHB and into the future. The warehouse area contains specialty racking, clean room, conveyor systems and cool / dry storage areas. The technology implemented to order and deliver includes radio frequency identification, Voice Pick and Carton Live all designed to increase efficiency.

The west end of the building is home to the Southern Rural and community services where district nurses, public health nurses, community allied staff (dieticians, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists), community oral health, vision hearing technicians, ear nurses and community equipment and supply finally after many years have been able to come together as a big team and showcase their professional standing.

The two-floor facility provides modern open plan offices, clinics, meeting rooms and specially designed booths for virtual consults and phone calls to support the teams that work closely together in a multi-disciplinary service delivery model. The purpose-designed clinic rooms include equipment such as a shower area to assist with patients requiring lower limb wound care.

There is a spacious warehouse and equipment cleaning area for the management and distribution of short-term loan equipment.

The site provides sufficient parking for visitors and patients plus the fleet vehicles used by the services including the children’s ear mobile unit and one of the mobile dental assessment units.

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