Shaun can fix it
Redeveloping two ward blocks at Tokoroa Hospital was something of a walk in the park for Shaun Carlton. But it is no wonder, with work history including helping build the Hong Kong Airport and disassembling Russian churches. The hospital’s maintenance supervisor joined Health Minister Tony Ryall for a visit to the South Waikato Health Centre in Tokoroa on April 1 to see firsthand the refurbishment of wards three and four. Carlton was actively involved in the project which was finally completed in January after 10 months of construction. The Englishman oversaw the contractors who worked on the build, and made sure everything went to plan by being on site daily. ‘‘I really enjoyed it. I know the community appreciates what we’ve done here and to be able to show it off to Mr Ryall today is a big plus for me and everyone else involved in the project,’’ he said. The wards, previously unused, are now home to a medical centre, a family GP practice, a pharmacy, and a wide range of other health services. Carlton contributes to the day-to-day running of the hospital - from water leaks, to power cuts, even rescuing pigeons at times. ‘‘It’s like looking after a big house,’’ he said.