New health cen­tre for Hast­ings

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER To watch the first video go to: hawkes­bay­op­er­a­ re­de­vel­op­ment

A new health cen­tre for Hast­ings is ex­pected to be up and run­ning by Jan­uary 2019.

The Hast­ings Health Cen­tre, a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar pri­mary health cen­tre, will be built on the cor­ner of Aubyn Street and King Street.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Les­per­ance said the new cen­tre would be one of the most ad­vanced pri­mary care med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try, of­fer­ing ur­gent and af­ter-hours care.

The new cen­tre was ex­pected to pro­vide more doc­tors and nurses to cater to Hast­ings’ grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

It would also have a phar­macy and a lab­o­ra­tory, and other health ser­vices like ra­di­ol­ogy, au­di­ol­ogy, phys­io­ther­apy and po­di­a­try would be ten­ants.

‘‘This is a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in pri­mary health care in New Zealand and we are proud to see Hast­ings lead­ing the way,’’ he said.

The cen­tre’s chair­man, Paul Messer­schmidt said it would mean pa­tients could see their fam­ily doc­tor, and get ac­cess to ur­gent med­i­cal care and spe­cial­ist ser­vices.

The new Hast­ings Health Cen­tre will be next to the ex­ist­ing To­tara Health, and will share an ac­cess way with it. The $11.4 mil­lion dol­lar pro­ject to re­store the Hawke’s Bay Opera House is six weeks in, and lo­cals are in­vited to take a look at what’s been done, via a time­lapse video.

So far con­trac­tors have re­moved the art deco stained glass doors from the front en­trance and the first floor bal­cony, to make sure they stay safe un­til the strength­en­ing is com­pleted, Fo­cus Pro­ject Man­age­ment’s Her­man Wis­meyer said.

The tiles on the foyer floor have been re­moved and re­place­ments or­dered.

The old tiles were un­even and bro­ken, Wis­meyer said.

As part of the first stage of strength­en­ing the un­re­in­forced brick walls of the the­atre and foyer, the pub­lic toi­lets in the foyer will also be fixed up.

The old ticket booth will be added into the women’s bath­room, and the men’s toi­lets will also get a facelift.

Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil has or­gan­ised time lapse videos of the work to be up­loaded to the coun­cil web­site monthly so res­i­dents can see how the pro­ject is go­ing.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of what the new health cen­tre will look like.

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