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Construction work at Te Kuiti Medical Centre

Board members visiting the Te Kuiti Medical Centre.

Board members visiting the Te Kuiti Medical Centre.

Construction work over the next six months will spend $830,000 to upgrade the Medical Centre at Te Kuiti Hospital to meet earthquake standards.

The work includes erecting a new building adjacent to the Medical Centre. When the new building is completed, Medical Centre staff will shift from a section of the current building that will then be demolished or offered for removal.

The Medical Centre will be open for business as usual during the construction. However some parking areas will be fenced off while the work is taking place. “Visitors and outpatients coming to appointments at the hospital or the medical centre will need to take note of the parking restrictions and give themselves more time to find a park,” said hospital manager Thia Priestly.

The fencing off will start on Friday 5 September and the total project won’t be completed until February 2015.

As part of the site preparations, the helipad will be relocated. The Medical Centre’s pile foundations are partly on solid ground and partly on land that could be at risk of subsidence in the future. Waikato DHB worked with building users to find the best long term solution.

The Waitomo District Council is currently processing the required building consent.

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