The final bill for the completed partial upgrade of Dunedin
and Wakari hospitals was slightly under budget, a Southern
District Health Board committee heard yesterday.
The $24.38 million project included the new children's ward
at Dunedin Hospital, officially opened by Prime Minister John
Key this year, and a new acute mental health ward at Wakari
Hospital, opened in 2012.
Board chairman Joe Butterfield told committee members such
projects did not usually come in on budget.
That it did augured well for the bigger Dunedin Hospital
rebuild now in its tentative stages.
The project was complex because services had to be moved
around to allow various parts of the hospitals to be
Project design and management of the complex upgrade was kept
in-house by the health board, rather than being outsourced to
an external provider.
The $12,458 saving was ''testament'' to the successful
management of the project by DHB staff, facilities and site
development manager Warren Taylor says in his report to
hospital committee members on the matter.
The committee resolved to recommend the board, which meets
today, ask Health Minister Tony Ryall for the final equity
draw down for the projects, $3.219 million.