Hospital boss conf ident of rebuild

By Laura Mills

West Coast District Health Board chief executive David Meates says he is “confident” experts can come up with a new Grey Base Hospital that they can afford.
It was recently revealed that health officials in Wellington are looking at a brand new hospital for Greymouth, rather than renovating parts of the existing facility, sparking fears of a downgrade in services.
Some health professionals have questioned how a new hospital can be built for the $60 million allocated by the Government.
In a newsletter to staff, Mr Meates
said over the next two weeks the last round of workshops would be held to finalise the functional brief and concept plan.
“We had planned to have the final round of meetings before Christmas, however they were postponed.
“Despite this, we have remained absolutely committed to ensuring that the model of care we have collectively developed over the past four years can be delivered in an appropriate facility,” Mr Meates said.
He noted there had been a lot of media coverage from health clinicians expressing concern.
The partnership group had now requested to hold the final meetings to recommence the conversations with the design team that were ceased in November, he said.
“We are confident that as we step through the conversations with staff in the coming weeks, we will be able to firm up a workable facility that we can afford, and enable our model of care to be delivered and therefore meet the needs of our community.”
Staff will be updated at a meeting on site at the hospital this Friday.