The Government will upgrade Tauranga Hospital next year to support planned and routine care, so non-Covid patients are safe when Covid patients are being treated.
A total of $17.916 million will be spent on three projects for the city's hospital.
The approved projects are:
-expansion of ICU/HDU to occupy the entire level 1 floor, previously shared with the Coronary Care Unit (+2 ICU beds and +4 HDU beds) - $3 million capital,
-Coronary Care Unit moves to level 3 floor and is expanded (+5 CCU beds) - $12.416 million capital, and conversion of a ward for a 16-bed pandemic response ward,
-emergency department air management upgrades for staff and patient safety - $2.5 million capital.
“With high vaccination rates and better treatments and prevention methods, we are shifting to better support planned and routine care while also safely caring for Covid-19 patients,” says Health Minister Andrew Little.
“Treating Covid patients can be disruptive to other treatment as additional precautions are taken for infection prevention and control. Today’s announcements are about minimising that disruption.
“We asked Bay of Plenty DHB to prioritise projects that would strengthen local hospitals to provide planned and routine care in the age of Covid-19, and could start as soon as possible in 2022, with some projects completed as early as March.
“Today I can confirm we will fund 36 upgrades at 24 local hospitals throughout the country, and the operational costs to support them, at a total cost of $644 million from the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund. This includes the ICU and other upgrades at North Shore, Tauranga and Christchurch that were announced last week,” says Little.
“Now in 2022 we will also add 75 new standard inpatient beds in hospitals.”
Additionally, 355 existing inpatient beds will be converted into isolation or negative pressure environments, and a number of hospitals will have ventilation upgrades.
These upgrades will allow routine and planned care to continue and patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 to be treated, while helping to protect all patients, visitors and staff from the virus.
The upgrades include 23 new ICU/HDU beds, as well as eight temporary bed conversions to ICU.
Click here for a full list of approved projects throughout the country.