Auckland DHB welcomes $275m Government investment in facilities infrastructure

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Auckland District Health Board (DHB) has warmly welcomed today’s Government announcement of $275 million to replace and upgrade critical infrastructure at Auckland City Hospital, Starship Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre.

The new funding will be used to remediate some of Auckland DHB’s most essential infrastructure, including lift upgrades, new fire protection systems, new electrical substations and water facilities. Auckland DHB will invest an additional $30 million over the next three years, bringing the total investment to $305 million.   

Pat Snedden, Chair of Auckland DHB said the funding will allow the first tranche of a multi-year programme of remediation works to start within weeks. 

“I want to thank the Government for this important investment in our hospitals and services.

“This remediation programme is one of the most significant pieces of work Auckland DHB will undertake in the coming years. It will ensure our facilities are fit for purpose now and in the future. It will enable us to continue to provide high quality care to our communities, and to plan for their future health needs.”

In addition to supporting on-going safe delivery of services, the work will improve Auckland City Hospital’s energy efficiency and overall environmental footprint through the use of improved systems and technologies. It will also help reduce operating costs.

Auckland DHB Chief Executive Ailsa Claire welcomed the investment and its benefits for the DHB’s staff, patients, whānau and visitors. 

“We began work on this business case three years ago, knowing some of our critical infrastructure would soon be coming to the end of its life and a detailed plan would be required to mitigate the risks to patients and staff.

“I thank our staff for their patience in working around the disruptions that are a result of our aging infrastructure to care for our patients. The funding will make a great difference to all our people, and to our patients and their whānau.”

Auckland DHB is the only provider of highly specialist national services for the whole of New Zealand, such as Starship Child Health and the national transplant service. Overall, the DHB has more than 1 million patient contacts per year.

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For media enquiries regarding Auckland DHB, please contact:

Sarah McMahon
External Communications Manager
M: 021 804 122
E: smcmahon@adhb.govt.nz                                                                                         

Notes to Editors – Auckland DHB Facilities Infrastructure Remediation Programme

Over the past two years, Auckland DHB has developed a major programme business case to remediate issues with our building services and infrastructure at both the Auckland and Greenlane sites. This is the essential infrastructure that keeps Auckland City Hospital, Starship Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre running.

The need for this work to be completed over the next decade is due to the age of our buildings and equipment, which is leading to more frequent minor and emergency remediation work. It does not pose any risk to our current patients.

That infrastructure includes boilers, generators, switchboards and substations, air-handling, control systems, chilled and hot water systems, pumps, fire protection systems, ICT cabling, tunnels and lifts. 

Our dedicated facilities team are able to keep things running through an active maintenance plan of remediation and repair, but this is becoming more difficult as our infrastructure reaches the end of its life.

Tranche 1 is the first phase of this programme and focuses on strengthening our existing critical infrastructure so that other upgrades and improvements can follow.  Projects in Trance 1 include lift upgrades, new fire protection systems, new electrical substations and water facilities. 

As the work progresses, patients, whānau and staff will benefit from fewer operational failures, greater efficiency and responsiveness, and improved safety and resilience. This work is also a necessary precursor for any future development of our sites.

Auckland DHB is the sole New Zealand provider of highly specialised care including heart, liver and lung transplants, paediatric services (Starship Child Health), epilepsy surgery, and high risk obstetrics. We are also the northern region trauma centre.

Overall Auckland DHB’s current infrastructure supports the following annual activity:

  • 114,473 ED attendances
  • 3.15 million lab tests
  • 696,766 outpatient appointments
  • 7,256 births
  • 16,822 elective surgeries

The plant rooms that supply Auckland City Hospital, Starship Hospital and other services on the Grafton site with power, water, medical air and other utilities use 75million kWh of energy per annum (gas and electricity), equivalent to the annual energy use of approx. 10,000 NZ households. They also provide 6.3million litres of water per week, equivalent to two Olympic swimming pools.

 

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