Rooms up­graded for mums, ba­bies

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

Floor cov­er­ing

will

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 mata­mata.edi­tor@wrcn.co.nz

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