Southern District Health Board members will consider a
request for up to $1.75 million to fix the leaking clinical
services building at Dunedin Hospital when they meet in Dunedin
Windows would be sealed up in the proposed repairs, because
replacing them is too costly.
Patients were at risk of surgery delays when the building
leaked, a staff report to members says.
Wet corridors in an already cramped theatre suite was another
Repairs worth about $78,000 were already under way.
Board members, once the public are excluded from the meeting,
would consider the request for ''up to $1.75 million''.
Last month, board chairman Joe Butterfield advised the bill
for repairing leaks would be at least $1 million.
The building was nearing the end of its economic life; the
repairs would allow its use for up to a decade, the report
for tomorrow's meeting said.
Exterior windows could not be fixed, and would be sealed from
''The clinical services building exterior windows are
constructed of a special aluminium extrusion which was
manufactured especially for the clinical services building
project in the 1950s.
''These windows are beyond their usable life and there are no
parts or retrofits available.''
Replacing them was too expensive, given the expected lifespan
of the building.
It was believed that most, if not all, of the windows could
Air conditioning meant there was little need to open them
''There remains some risk of leaks with [this option] and the
option of a hybrid solution with some full replacement will
be made available to the contractors once closer inspection
Scaffolding the entire face of the building would be
Scaffolding and window sealing would go out to tender, but
staff are seeking permission to bypass a competitive tender
to award the roofing contract.
The favoured supplier was a specialised roofing contractor
with an excellent reputation, the report said.
''This contractor has undertaken an extensive ... survey on
the roof and has identified a number of remedial items. The
methods chosen and solutions proposed have been reviewed by
[the building and property service] as the most
cost-effective and efficient solutions.
''For other contractors to provide estimates, there would be
further investigations required which would be time-consuming
for both the contractor and [the board].''
An external quantity surveyor would be engaged to monitor and
verify all of the costs associated with the project.
Contacted late yesterday afternoon, Health Minister Tony
Ryall's office said it would not be able to respond to
questions until today.
Last month, the Otago Daily Times asked Mr Ryall if
the financially stressed health board would receive extra
funding to cover the expense.
Mr Ryall's spokeswoman referred the ODT to the health