Dr David Barker (left), Andy Syme and Linda Moir in Dunedin
Hospital's new neonatal wing this week. Photo by Linda
Dunedin Hospital's new baby, a combined neonatal and
paediatric ward, is on course to open by the end of this year.
The 2000sq m combined neonatal intensive care unit/paediatric
ward is being built in the old staff cafeteria and hospital
administration block site.
Based on a central reception and administration hub, the $7
million facility is the final project in Dunedin and Wakari
Hospitals' $24.38 million master site plan that included 15
Southern District Health Board children's health service
manager Linda Moir said the design drew strongly on input
from paediatric and neonatal staff.
''It's been very much a communal effort, and staff are now
raising money to buy the extras that will make the children's
time in hospital more enjoyable.''
Consultant paediatrician and children's health clinical
leader Dr David Barker said the facility would make a stay in
hospital less traumatic for patients and families with sick
''It will just allow the better delivery of care.''
Construction team leader Andy Syme said the paediatric
section had flexible treatment areas, quiet rooms and group
rooms, a communal lounge, and an outdoor area with a view of
the street below.
''We're putting decking down and we'll have Mickey Mouse
cartoon characters on the wall, so it will look quite good.
''Because we've got this really high balustrade, the little
kids can look at the trucks and that sort of thing,'' Mr Syme
Ms Moir said fundraising for non-clinical items was starting.
''There are televisions, playstations and then there's other
nice-to-have things that aren't part of a clinical role, but
are still important.
''Even outfitting the parents' area - like putting in a
washing machine and those sorts of things for the parents -
that all adds up, but isn't part of the DHB's cost.''
- Steve Bolton