Better Health Care For West Coasters As Te Nikau Hospital Officially Opened

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern 


Hon Peeni Henare

Associate Minister
of Health

The Government has delivered a new hospital
for Greymouth and is starting work on a much needed new
health centre in Westport, ensuring local communities will
benefit from better access to high quality integrated health

Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and
Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare officially open Te
Nikau Hospital and Health Centre in Greymouth and turn the
first sod at the Buller Health Centre site in

“We want all New Zealanders to enjoy
better health and wellbeing. Improving our hospitals and
other health infrastructure is an important part of this,”
says Jacinda Ardern.

“We’re committed to tackling
this long term challenge – the Government has invested a
record $3.5 billion to improve our health facilities. The
Coast has benefited from some of this investment and we’ve
provided additional funding to finish Te Nikau.

know West Coasters waited a long time, however, hospitals
are challenging and complex builds. It is fantastic people
are now benefiting from this state-of-the-art facility which
has been operating smoothly since it accepted its first
patients in July.

“The $121.9 million facility was
purpose built for the environment on the Coast and the
design is future proofed to support new models of care and
integrated services.

“I want to acknowledge all
those involved in the project, from the design team, the
West Coast DHB, to all the contractors working with Fletcher
Construction, the Ministry of Health and the West Coast
Partnership Group,” said Jacinda Ardern.

Minister of Health Peeni Henare says Te Nikau Hospital and
Health Centre will benefit patients, whānau, visitors and
staff for many years to come.

“The 8,500 sqm
facility has 56 inpatients beds, a 24/7 emergency department
(ED), critical care unit, acute and planned medical and
surgical services, maternity care, radiology, lab services,
paediatrics, outpatients and a pharmacy,” says Peeni

“The health centre supports more integrated
primary and secondary services and a new triage reception
ensures people are seen as soon as possible by the right
team, whether it’s general practice or the

“There are state of the art facilities in
radiology and ED while the critical care unit has larger
patient bays and a negative pressure room for respiratory

“In maternity, specialised birthing suites
have a more home-like environment. There are also fit for
purpose spaces for assessment, treatment and rehabilitation,
including four transitional care units,” said Peeni

The Prime Minister also visited the new Buller
Health Centre site to see the progress being made and to
turn the first sod.

“This new 12-bed facility will
house a range of services including general practice,
patient rooms, maternity, palliative care and 24/7 urgent
care,” says Jacinda Ardern.

“I want to acknowledge
the significant role the local community played in
advocating for changes to the design. The Government took
the feedback on board, announcing in November 2018, a new
$20 million facility with a larger footprint.

modern fit for purpose facility will make a real difference.
People in Westport will have access to improved high quality

Peeni Henare says the Government approved up
to $1 million in additional funding in July to enable
demolition works and asbestos removal to start.
Construction, which will take about 18 months, is due to
begin February 2021.

“This new facility will also
include the DHB’s community services, Māori health
service and mental health service. Clinical services will be
supported by radiology and laboratory services on the same

“The co-location of teams will foster a
collaborative approach which will provide improved care and
a better patient experience,” said Peeni

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