Rooms upgraded for mums, babies
facility will be done in stages, so the facility is still in full operation.
The first thing that will take place is the closing off of doors into the main corridor.
Entranceways will be created for tradesmen from outside so they very rarely have to venture into the facility while working.
Room 10B will house a new birthing pool.
Rooms 8A and 9A will be the first rooms to be extended, with both rooms equipped with en suites and new vanities, followed by rooms 8B and 9B.
Room 11 and part of the storage area will be turned into a lounge.
The baby room currently has kitchen facilities and those will be moved into the new lounge area.
Each room will have a 26-inch LCD TV installed, as well as a new bariatric bed [specifically designed for larger people] to accommodate mother and child. In this family- oriented environment older children and Dad will all want to be close.
‘‘This is a special time for any family,’’ Mr Turner said.
Each section of maternity will be completely sealed off from the rest of the unit as work progresses so that interruption to the day-today workings of the unit is kept to an absolute minimum.
‘‘First and foremost we must care for our mothers and their babies,’’ he said.
Mr Turner said they worked very closely with infection control at Waikato Hospital to come up with a plan to minimise the risk of contamination.
be replaced with non-slip lino in wet areas such as the birthing pool room and carpet in other areas.
At present an average of 112 babies are born at Pohlen annually, a figure Mr Turner wants to see increase substantially.
‘‘ We hope families will experience a home-like and relaxed yet professional atmosphere and recommend our facility to others.’’
Mr Turner said an open day would be set up once the alterations were finished.
A mums’ morning tea is held every quarter. This is a great opportunity to catch up with other young families, share experiences and make new friends.
‘‘We want our Matamata families to be taking advantage of the facilities we provide. This facility was built for the mums of Matamata.’’
Welcome to the world: The upgrade of the Pohlen Hospital’s maternity facility will see Matamata mums enjoy brand new, upmarket services and facilities. New mum Lynley Jobe and her four-dayold son Ethan are pictured with midwife Val Walker and maternity aide Lynley Tappin. By KATRINA LINTONBON email@example.com