Whakamānawa of the new ward 4 South
December 18 2023
On Monday 18 December, the new Level 4 South decant ward was officially opened. Around 60 staff, consultants and contractors attended the whakamānawa (blessing), officiated by Kaumātua, Nate Rowe on behalf of Te Āti Awa Taranaki Whānui,.
This new ward is a result of the copper pipes replacement programme, which started in January 2020 in the ICU, and will eventually see around 26 kilometres of copper water pipes replaced in the main hospital building.
Roger Palairet, Acting Director Business Services and Facilities, said it was a privilege to be Chair of the Copper Pipe Steering Group and to work closely with the people who came up with the “genius idea” of creating this new space. He thanked the project team and those at Naylor Love who worked on the new ward: “Every time they work with us we’ve been delighted.”
This innovative ward stands out as a unique project, having been constructed offsite and crane-lifted onto the roof of our main hospital building. The installation was so successful that people didn’t even know the new ward had been built until the doors swung opened – it was that quiet!
The new ward will open for patients from January 2024.
Replacing Copper Pipes at Wellington Regional Hospital
We are replacing the water system and approximately 20 kilometres of copper pipes across eight-levels of the main building at Wellington Regional Hospital. This work began in January 2021 in the ICU area. Now we are preparing to start work in and around the inpatient wards.
To minimise the disruption to patients, whanau, and staff we are setting up two 12-bed wards where we can relocate patients away from the building works. This also means we can continue to provide the Hospital’s full number of beds throughout the works.
Where will the wards be located?
The first will be a temporary ward that will be installed on the level 3 roof of the main hospital building. People will be able to access the temporary ward from doors next to the Red lifts on level 4 from October/November 2023.
The ward is being built offsite as it is the most efficient and cost-effective way to build this particular structure, while minimising the disruption to hospital services. It will be installed by using cranes to lift sections of the wards onto the roof where it will be assembled in parts over mid June/July 2023.
The second will be a 12 bed ward on level 7 of the main hospital building, called 7 East. In August and then October we will move the Urology and Dialysis Departments to CSB level 3 to refit level 7 as a ward which we expect to open February 2024. We will advise patients of these changes closer to the time via patient letters, signs and information on our website.
We expect the process for replacing the remaining copper pipes will end in 2026.
Temporary parking limits outside Delivery Suite and MAPU entrance
To install the ward on the roof of the main hospital building, we will install a crane to lift equipment and sections of wards over a series of evenings through June and July, outlined in the table below. To do this, we will temporarily cone off and close the parkingspaces directly outside the Delivery Suite/MAPU (Medical Assessment Planning Unit) on the nights the crane is being installed, or in use. The area that will be closed is marked in red on the aerial photo on the right hand side of this page.
Patients, whānau and staff will be able to continue using the Delivery Suite/MAPU entrance at all times, by following the signs and directions of the Traffic Management team who will be managing the access to the area, when works are underway. The walkway access is marked by the yellow arrows on the aerial photo on the right hand side of this page.
These dates could change based on the weather. If they do, it will be the at the same times, the next day. We will share reminders of the times and dates on our social media channels and web page over the coming month.
|When parking spaces in red area will be closed temporarily
|What works will be underway during this time
|From 5pm Thursday 15 June - 6pm Friday 16 June
- From 5pm Thursday 15 June, the area directly outside the Delivery Suite/ MAPU entrance will be coned off so the crane can be put into place
- Between midnight - 6am, Friday 22 June - crane will lift equipment onto roof
- By 6am, Friday the crane will be removed and normal parking resumes
- Note: back up day is Saturday 17 June.
|From 5pm Wednesday 21 June - 5pm, Thursday 22 June
- From 5pm Wednesday 21 June the area directly outside the Delivery Suite/ MAPU entrance will be coned off so the crane can be put into place
- Between midnight - 6am, Thursday 22 June - crane will lift equipment onto roof
- By 6am, Thursday the crane will be removed and normal parking resumes
- Note: Backup days are Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June
|From 5pm Wednesday 28 June - 6am Friday 30 June
- From 5pm Wednesday 28 June the area directly outside the Delivery Suite/ MAPU entrance will be coned off so the crane can be put into place
- Between midnight - 6am Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June - crane will lift equipment onto roof
- By 6am Friday the crane will be removed and normal parking resumes
- Note: Backup day is Saturday 1 July
|From 5pm Wednesday 12 July - 6am Friday 14 July
- From 5pm Wednesday 12 July the area directly outside the Delivery Suite/ MAPU entrance will be coned off so the crane can be put into place
- Between midnight - 6am Thursday 13 and Friday 14 July - crane will lift two of the eight sections of the ward onto the roof
- By 6am Friday 14 July the crane will be removed and normal parking resumes
From 5pm Monday 17 July - 6am Friday 21 July - DELAYED due to weather conditions.
New dates Wednesday 26 - 28 July to be confirmed
- From 5pm Monday 17 July the area directly outside the Delivery Suite/ MAPU entrance will be coned off so the crane can be put into place
- Between midnight and 6am on Tuesday 18 through to Friday 21 July - crane will lift two of the eight sections of the ward onto the roof each day
- By 6am Friday 21 July the crane will be removed and normal parking resumes.
|From 5pm Thursday 10 August – 6am Friday 11 August
- From late afternoon Thursday 10 August fencing will be set up outside the Delivery Suite/MAPU entrance so the crane can be put into place
- The crane will arrive at approximately 9.00pm and will be set up for lifting
- Between midnight Thursday and 6am Friday trucks will arrive with roof cassettes. The crane will be lifting four sections of the ward onto the roof.
- By 6am Friday 11 August the crane will be removed and normal parking will be available.