Published: Wednesday 6 July 2022

Taranaki benefits from Project Maunga

Last Friday the Taranaki District Health Board ceased to exist with the creation of the new national entities Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora – the Māori Health Authority.

Whatever your opinion on this huge change to our health system, we can be thankful here in Taranaki that the redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital (Project Maunga Stage 2) continues.

The new East Wing Building will house ED, ICU, Maternity, Primary Birthing and Radiology and will also have a roof-top helipad.

This development is providing work for many of our local trades and support for local suppliers. There are also benefits from those workers from out of the region who are spending on accommodation, hospitality and retail.

While this massive project is having a good effect on our regional economy, spiralling costs for the completion of the redevelopment are concerning. The $300m will now cost $400.9m.

Many people are not aware that these figures do not include state of the art equipment and other requirements needed to ensure a first-class hospital. While this is a central government matter, the Taranaki Health Foundation is seeking to raise $25m to enhance this redevelopment.

Currently cancer patients need to travel to Palmerston North for radiotherapy services. Funding for the provision of radiotherapy services at the new Cancer Centre will mean our people will receive both chemotherapy and radiotherapy locally.

Other projects include a dedicated CT Scanner and x-ray machine for the Emergency Department, a new MRI machine to replace the outdated 16 year old machine in Radiology and a fully-equipped Neonatal unit.

The Taranaki Health Foundation's mantra is "Taranaki Deserves the Best." Have a look at its website – www.thf.org.nz


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