The Southern District Health Board is getting builders'
quotes to fix Dunedin Hospital's leaking surgical theatre
The board confirmed it had received the builder's report it
commissioned to find the cause of the leaks. Finance director
Peter Beirne said in an emailed statement the report and
subsequent costings would go before the board at the next
meeting, on June 5
''The investigation for the clinical services building report
is complete and costs are being obtained.''
In the meantime, immediate repair work was being carried out,
including sealing cracks in a parapet wall above the
theatres, Mr Beirne said.
Chairman Joe Butterfield said when contacted that if the cost
of fixing the problem was more than management's delegated
spending limit, he would obtain board members' approval
before the June 5 meeting.
''If, indeed, there is something that needs to be done
yesterday, and it needed approval of the board because of the
size of the cost, than I wouldn't hesitate to look at
emailing the board [for approval].''
Parts of the surgical theatre suite, on the hospital's fifth
floor, were drenched during heavy rain last month, on Good
Friday. The rain desterilised some surgical equipment,
prompting the board to take action on the long-standing