Published: 17 Nov 2017

Acurity Health Group today unveiled plans to invest $100 million in a major re-development of Wellington’s Wakefield Hospital.

The proposed new hospital will include up to 64 single beds, eight operating theatres including cardiac and endoscopy, consulting suites and a full suite of specialist services on the existing site in the city’s Newtown area.

Dr Richard Grenfell, Director of Acurity Health Group, says the new private hospital will offer patients from central New Zealand access to some of the most advanced medical services and treatment in the country.

“The proposed re-development is an exciting opportunity to provide a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility, specially designed for patient comfort with a hotel feel and first-class services, ease of access with undercover drop off, an abundance of natural light and flexibility to expand in the future.

“It will further build on Wakefield’s long-standing tradition of seamlessly providing care with consultant specialist and support services all delivered on the same site.”

The operating theatres in the new hospital will be significantly larger than conventional theatres, and showcase the latest in technologies says Dr Grenfell.

“I have been a practitioner in Wellington my entire working career and have been part of many hospital developments, but Wakefield is by far the most exciting.”

The existing Wakefield Hospital will make way for a new complex, which will significantly exceed the latest seismic codes.

“To provide a facility that is seismically resilient,the most effective solution is to redevelop, allowing the hospital to continueto provide health services for the Wellington community.”

 Acurity Health Group has lodged a Resource Consent Application with Wellington City Council for the proposed redevelopment, which if approved, will be completed in three stages.

Stage one will commence with the construction of parking, medical imaging, and consulting suites before work on perioperative services and inpatient rooms begins as part of stage two. Rehabilitation and support facilities will follow for stage three.  Services will continue to be maintained during construction.

“We will be working closely with the community in the lead-up to the proposed redevelopment to understand and address any concerns,” says Dr Grenfell.

“We are acutely aware of the disruption that construction can cause and will be doing everything possible to mitigate any adverse effects.”

The proposed redevelopment will create significant local employment and a leading New Zealand builder and contractors will be selected.

Subject to the approval of the Resource Consent application, it is anticipated that construction will commence in the third quarter of 2018 with the building fully operational in third quarter of 2021.