1492658940260 - Patient comfort to the fore with $9.9m outpatient facility at North Shore Hospital

Patient comfort to the fore with $9.9m outpatient facility at North Shore Hospital

A new $9.9 million outpatient facility and innovation hub has been created to improve patient experience at the campus of North Shore Hospital in Auckland.

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman officially opened Kahu Manaaki (Cluster of Kindness) on Wednesday afternoon.

The facility, built in former nursing accommodation, brought together key services to make it easier for patients to get to appointments, DHB chief executive Dale Bramley said.

Patient experience would also be improved with more spacious consultation rooms, he said.

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The new facility would enable the hospital to provide faster, high-quality care, Coleman said.

“The new clinic brings together specialist clinics, lab and oxygen therapy services, as well as 16 consulting rooms, and three teaching rooms.

“There is also a strong emphasis on training, research and innovation, with the clinic also bringing key academic partners together from the University of Auckland Medical School and Auckland University of Technology,” Coleman said.

The fit-for purpose outpatient facility was one of several projects in Waitemata DHB’s 10-year plan to ensure the needs of the fast-growing community were met.

Recent projects completed on the North Shore included 46-bed mental health services inpatient unit He Puna Wāiora, 15-bed women’s health ward Hine Ora, and the Sky Bridge linking the 2013 Elective Surgery Centre with the main hospital building.

A clinical skills centre, Whenua Pupuke, was due to open in June.