Hospital rest-home facility full

Maniototo Hospital staff (from left) Kerri Harrington, Jo Thomson, Shirley Lowen, Heather...
Maniototo Hospital staff (from left) Kerri Harrington, Jo Thomson, Shirley Lowen, Heather Gilchrist, Rebecca Crawford and Marissa Pont. PHOTO: ADAM BURNS
The revamped rest-home facility at Ranfurly's Maniototo Hospital is at full capacity and there are 10 people on a waiting list, hospital leaders say.

Maniototo Health Services Ltd general manager Geoff Foster said the upgraded site had attracted residents to the facility, which was now in high demand.

After a multimillion-dollar rebuild, the new hospital was officially opened in April and includes 29 new beds and a transformation of existing rest-home facilities into a medical centre and community services facility.

Remaining work on the project is expected to be completed around mid-September.

"The facility looks great, so people are more interested in saying `perhaps we should be going into a rest-home'," Mr Foster said.

"They're more interested in coming to a newer facility than they would be to another."

Inquiries into accommodation had been fielded from outside the region, he said.

The hospital has 31 beds - 25 for rest-home and hospital-level care and six for acute medical patients.

Hospital patients and employees were responding "brilliantly" to the new facility.

"Staff are finding it vastly improved on our old facility. I suppose they have to get used to longer corridors.

"We've noticed a lot of joviality. There's a really good atmosphere around the place, which is what we want."

The new helipad near the hospital park and entrance was expected to be completed this month, Mr Foster said.

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