Move Week and Barbeque winner

 

Orientation Tours

 

Open Day

 

Blessings for our New Hospital Building

 

Open Day and FAQ's

 

Open Day and FAQ's

 

Helipad Testing

 

Completion of the Courtyard

 

It's not a bowling alley...

 

Interview - Front of House

 

Move Week and Barbeque winner

Move Week and Barbeque winner

The Surgical Ward, Medical Ward, Emergency Department, Acute Care Unit and Children's Ward are gearing up to move into their new departments over the next couple of days. Everything is on track and the Crown moving company, along with all Whakatane Hospital staff, are busy working hard to ensure the departments are ready for patients to move in to.

Both Theatre and Radiology departments are getting themselves settled into their new areas, with the first Radiology x-ray patient seen on the 16th April and the first Theatre elective surgery patient admitted to the Surgical Admissions Unit yesterday.

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Darryl McKeown, the first x-ray patient seen in the new building.

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Clifford Fullick, Perioperative Nurse, getting comfortable in his new department.

Over the last couple of weeks, as staff were being oriented to the new building, they had the opportunity to put their names in the draw to win a barbeque that was kindly donated by Placemakers. This was drawn last week by Jeff Hodson, Project Director.

Congratulations to Kio King, Whakatane Hospital Orderly, for winning the barbeque!

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Kio King, the winner of the bbq, tells us that it will fit nicely on the back of his boat.

We will keep you posted with updates over the coming week and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz.

Orientation Tours

Only 19 days to go until we move into the new building! You will have seen the weekly update posters around the campus; these give a brief overview on what is happening as we gather momentum for the move into the new building.

Over 200 staff have been oriented to the new building so far this week.  The general staff orientation tours are happening throughout this week and next so make sure you know when you're booked on your tour.  Staff who will be working in the new building will have a chance to go back in and be oriented specifically to their area.

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The excitement is building! Adele Ferguson, Nurse Educator, getting cosy with one of the new pendants.

The comments about the building have been very positive and we recognise that there is a lot of new information to take in especially for those who will be working in the new departments. Please be sure to go through your checklist on the back of your tour map and refer to your departments A-Z Staff User Guide if you are unsure of anything. If you have any questions after you have participated in a tour, please ask your manager or email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz

Open Day

On Saturday, 5 April, we opened the doors of our new hospital building to the public. From 10am - 4pm a group of around 70 staff and service club volunteers guided people through areas of the new building.

This Open Day gave the Whakatane community an opportunity to take a look at the new departments that are housed within this new building and it also gave Whakatane Hospital staff an opportunity to "show off" their new areas.

By 10am there were people queued outside, waiting to take their walk through the building. Over the course of the day, a total of two thousand and eighty two people walked through the new front entrance! This was double the number of people that were originally expected.

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BoPDHB Chair, Sally Webb, with Open Day visitors number one thousand and one thousand and one who arrived just after midday.

The comments during the day were overwhelmingly positive. People were very impressed by how light it was in the building and the amount of space inside. A few people were overheard commenting how "flash" everything was.  There was particular interest in the children's ward artwork, the centre courtyard and the temporary container link that is currently being built.

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BoPDHB Chair, Sally Webb, with Open Day visitors Anne and Walter Hogerth who were visitor numbers two thousand and two thousand and one.

During the day, as people wandered through the new building, our dedicated team of cleaners were in their overalls, cleaning all of the rooms that the public weren't walking through. From now, they will be working around the clock, getting the new building ready for occupation in the first week of May.

Thank you to all of the staff volunteers and service club volunteers who were the welcoming faces of the hospital during the Open Day. There is no doubt that the public appreciated the chance to see what has been happening on our campus over the last few years.

We will continue to keep you up to date with what is happening over the month of April. Staff training and orientation is beginning in the new building this week. If you have any questions around this, please do not hesitate to email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz.

Blessings for our New Hospital Building

An important part of the opening of our new hospital has been completed. Early yesterday morning and early this morning, a group gathered to bless the new hospital, as well as culturally significant  elements within the building.

 The blessings were led by our BoPDHB Cultural Advisor, Pouroto Ngaropo, and Regional Māori Health Services. Anne Griffiths, our Whakatane Hospital Chaplain, was also involved along with her Whakatane community colleagues from various denominations.

On Thursday, the building and the rooms within the building were blessed. Karakia were offered to provide support for those who will begin work in the new building and to thank those who have been involved in the build up until now. The distraction therapy artwork in the Children's Ward and Emergency Department was unveiled by our multimedia producer (and designer of this work) Sally Llewellyn, and blessed by Pouroto.

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This morning, the focus of the blessings was on the artwork and cultural elements of the new hospital. Pouroto, along with artist Marie White, blessed and unveiled the artwork that runs along the length of Main Street, the new main corridor. The story of this artwork will be available to watch on the BoPDHB website in the next few weeks. Ngā Pou Mana Io the blessing stone at the front entrance of the building, and Te Maara Kai o Taiwhakaea the plaque that has been erected in the carpark where the 500 year old remains of a kuia were found in 2013, were also blessed.

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 Representatives from Fletchers (our builders) Beca (our engineers), Fitness Fleming Consultants (our architects), the Clinical User Group leads, Whakatane Hospital staff members and members of our community, attended and participated in the blessing ceremonies.

These blessings marked the beginning of a new phase towards the opening of our hospital building. It was also an opportunity for those that have worked on various aspects of this project to be thanked and acknowledged.

There is now one month to go until patients and staff move in and there will be increased activity on the site, with training and orientation starting next week.

Don't forget that the community Open Day is happening tomorrow, Saturday 5 April, which everyone is welcome to attend. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz to find out details for the day.

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Open Day and FAQ's

With 35 days to go, there is a lot of activity going on around campus in preparation for the last stretch towards Move Week which begins on 5 May.

Open Day

Our Open Day is happening on Saturday 5 April. This is an opportunity for staff and the Bay of Plenty community to walk through their new hospital before the clinical clean gets fully underway. We are looking for as many staff volunteers as possible on this day, to ensure that the route is adequately marshalled. If you're available at any point on the Saturday to provide support, this would be very welcome. Please email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz if you're able to help by Thursday 3 April.

FAQ's

There were a number of questions asked at the Staff Q & A sessions which were held on 20 and 21 March. Some of the most frequently asked questions have been compiled below for you. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, please feel free to email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz with these and we will publish them in a later version of this blog.

Q: What part of the old building will be re-used and can I have any of it? Eg: Stainless steel benches.

A: The DHB will recycle any items that can be re-located. Non-fixed, non-building items that are not re-used will be part of a garage sale at a later date. Other items, such as the benches, will not be available due to the nature of the demolition.

Q: Where will the Paediatric Clinic be located after the move of the Children's Ward?

A: The Paediatric Clinic will remain on the ground floor of the current building (Dawson) until further notice.

Q: When is PathLab being built? Where will the Phlebotomy Room be?

A: Work on PathLab will start around September. The new PathLab location will be on a site directly off Stewart Street and the Phlebotomy Room will be located within this area.

Q: Will there be a covered link to the main building?

A: Yes there will be a covered walkway between the two buildings.

Q: Is there a raised transfer dock within the new facility for ambulance transfers?

A: The Ambulance Bay and transfer areas do not require a loading/unloading dock because all the new ambulances have beds/gurneys with drop down wheels.

Q: Why are there three links from the old to new areas, two of which are very close together?

A: One of these links will be used exclusively for Maternity/Theatre patients and one is a temporary walk way, which will be moved once demolition work is finished in Santon. The final link (the bowling alley) will be the main public link, running from the new Main Street (the main corridor) to the hospital cafeteria.

Q: Which rooms have the bariatric hoists tracks?

A: Rooms covered by the full gantry ceiling track include:

  • 3-bed adult inpatient bariatric room, 2 bed spaces have ceiling mounted tracks. Coverage extends into the ensuite bathroom.
  • 1 inpatient adult bariatric room
  • 3  single adult inpatient rooms
  • 1 children's inpatient room
  • 1 children's bathroom
  • 1  HDU room
  • 1  PACU (Theatre) bed

Open Day and FAQ's

With 35 days to go, there is a lot of activity going on around campus in preparation for the last stretch towards Move Week.

Open Day

Our Open Day is happening on Saturday the 5th April. This is an opportunity for the Bay of Plenty community to walk through their new hospital before the clinical clean gets fully underway. We are looking for as many volunteers as possible on this day, to ensure that the route is adequately marshalled. If you're available at any point on the Saturday to provide support, this would be very welcome. Please email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz if you're able to help.

FAQ's

There were a number of questions asked at the Staff Q & A sessions which were held on the 20th and 21st March. Some of the most frequently asked questions have been compiled below for you. If you have any questions that have not been answered below, please feel free to email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz with these.

Q: What part of the old building will be re-used and can I have any of it? Eg: Stainless steel benches etc.

A: The DHB will recycle any items that can be re-located. Non-fixed, non-building items that are not re-used will be part of a garage sale. Other items will not be available due to the nature of the demolition.

Q: Where will the Paediatric clinic be located after the move of the Children's ward?

A: The Paediatric clinic will remain on the ground floor of Dawson until further notice.

Q: When is PathLab being built? Where will the Phlebotomy room be?

A: Work on PathLab will start approximately in September. The Phlebotomy room will be located within the Lab department area. The new PathLab location is a site directly off Stewart Street.

Q: Will there be a covered link to the main building?

A: Yes there will be a covered walkway between the two buildings.

Q: What are the key dates of training and moving? Is there a summary I can refer to?

A: Training starts on the 7th April. Please click on the below link for the one page summary of key dates.

Key Dates Summary

Q: Is there a raised transfer dock within the new facility for Ambulance transfers?

A: The ambulance bay and transfer areas do not require a loading/unloading dock as all new ambulances have beds/gurneys with drop down wheels.

Q: Why are there 3 links from the old to new areas, 2 of which are very close together?

A: One link is exclusively for Maternity/Theatre patients. The other is a temporary walk way, which will be moved once remedial work is finished in Santon.

Q: Which rooms have the bariatric hoists tracks?

A: Rooms covered by the full gantry ceiling track include:

  • 3 bedded adult inpatient bariatric room, of which 2 bed spaces have ceiling mounted tracks. Coverage extends into the ensuite bathroom.
  • 1 x inpatient adult bariatric room
  • 3 x single adult inpatient rooms
  • 1 x children's inpatient room
  • 1 x children's bathroom
  • 1 x HDU room
  • 1 x PACU (Theatre) bed

 

Helipad Testing

Earlier this week, a crew of staff members tested the route from the helipad to the new hospital building. This was an important exercise in checking the ramp and the difficulty level for transferring a patient to the helipad. The hairpin turn from the road to the new building needed to be tested, to ensure that it was possible to push the patient trolley around the corner. Our crew also tested the ramp up to the helipad to see how hard it was to push a patient up to the helicopter.

Helipad Teasting

Understandably there were a few laughs, with one of our security team members, Brandon, volunteering as the patient.  But the Strength Award of the day goes to Julie Chapman for pushing the patient trolley, with Brandon on it, to the top of the helipad ramp! The team are considering some solutions to ensure that anyone (with or without Julie's strength) will easily be able to push the trolley up to the helipad.

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In other news, there is an opportunity next week for you to come and ask any questions you may have about the redevelopment and move planning. The Project Waka team are hosting some Staff Questions and Answer sessions in the staff tea room next week. Please see the flyer below for details.

Staff Q&A Poster

 

 

 

Completion of the Courtyard

Over the last two weeks, 'Girls on Grass' (our Whakatane based garden contractors) have been working extremely hard to make sure the courtyard looks beautiful for the opening of your new hospital building.

Their work has involved planting nearly 500 plants throughout the courtyard area. These are mostly native plants, such as Pohutukawa, Kowhai, Nikau Palm and Titoki, some of which will flower and provide bursts of colour. There is no vehicle access into the courtyard and we hear it was back-breaking work with all of the plants and mulch having to be wheel-barrowed in through the corridors of the hospital! We managed to get a sneak peek of the courtyard for you - so you can see how great it's looking.

Courtyard 1

The existing playground from the children's ward, donated by the Kopeopeo Lions club, will be going in to the courtyard, along with some outdoor seating. The children's ward will be getting a new playground for use outside their department.

Courtyard 2

 

Courtyard 3

Although the courtyard gardens have been completed, Girls on Grass have not finished their work just yet. They are continuing their efforts on campus and putting in a whopping 4000 more new plants around the whole of the hospital site.

We will continue to bring you updates on what is happening on site. Stay posted for information about car parking changes happening soon and new corridor links being built. Also, don't forget to ensure your manager has booked you on your General Orientation tour of the new facility. As always, if you have any questions, please email project.waka@bopdhb.govt.nz

 

It's not a bowling alley...

By now you may have noticed the orange cones blocking off the entrance to a brand new corridor that has opened up near the cafeteria today.

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While this may look like a prime location for a spot of 10 pin bowling practice, its real purpose is much more exciting, since this is the first corridor to be completed connecting our current hospital services with our brand new hospital facilities, due to open in just 63 days!

This corridor will give staff and patients direct access to the new Main Street (the main corridor) that runs from the new main entrance all the way to Regional Maori Health, Mental Health and the Clinical School.

The next corridor link will be opening in approximately four more weeks, and will provide a corridor giving Maternity direct access to Theatre.

We want to keep you up to date with what is happening on campus as we get ready for the big move into the new facility, so your Project Waka team will be running a number of staff Question and Answer sessions in the staff tea room. Stay posted for dates and times. 

Interview - Front of House

Our third Project Waka interview is with Agnes Ihaia, our Whakatane Hospital Front of House receptionist. Agnes has worked at Whakatane Hospital in various roles for 11 years.

What are you most looking forward to about moving over to the new hospital?
Personally, I'm looking forward to getting out of this continuous draft that whistles through the front doors! It whistles through something horrendous in winter. But in the new hospital I'm not as exposed to the doors opening and closing as I am over here.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge for yourself or the other staff members who are moving over to the new building?
Oh, I don't think it will be too much of a challenge. As long as everything all works over there then we can cope with all of the changes to come. It will just be business as usual.

You see a lot of the staff coming in and out on a daily basis, how do you think the new work environment will be an improvement on the current one?
It will be just lovely, having a new environment and up to date equipment instead of having to make do with this and with that. Patching things up gets a bit weary after a while. Any staff members who are moving over to the new building will just be looking forward to going in and settling into fresh, clean work spaces.

Well we're getting close to the date when we move over to the new building now, how are you feeling about it?
It's a bit scary that it's happening so soon! Its 90 days until we move as of the start of February, so that's coming along really quick. But I think the family will move over there really well and everyone will pitch in. It will be great for our district to have something like this.

Last updated: October 12, 2012