Funding partner for Buller Integrated Family Health Centre

Media release

18 May 2017

The West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group has announced the funding arrangements for the $12 million Buller Integrated Family Health Centre in Westport.

‘I am pleased to announce that the Accident Compensation Corporation will own the health facility and enter into a long-term lease with the West Coast District Health Board as tenants,’ Chair of the Partnership Group Cathy Cooney says.

Under the arrangement, the Ministry of Health will fund the construction of the facility, which will be repaid on completion of the project when it is transferred to the West Coast DHB and then on-sold to ACC.

As the proposal involves selling DHB land, the DHB will be required to consult with the local community and get Ministerial approval.

‘The West Coast DHB endorsed the funding arrangement at their May Board meeting,’ Ms Cooney says.

‘This is a key milestone in getting this new Centre constructed by the first half of 2019. The focus now is on completing detailed design and tendering for the construction works.’

The Centre will be located at 22–26 Pakington Street where the current boiler house is. It will be 1632 square metres in size and contains two emergency beds, one maternity bed, six medical beds, and one palliative care bed. Adult dental services will also be integrated into the family health centre which will also include a range outpatient, community and primary care services including GPs, practice nurses, and allied health.

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