New Zealand Government has opened the new Te Nikau Hospital in Greymouth to provide improved healthcare services in local communities.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare opened the new facility on 25 September.

The government has also started work on a new health centre at the Buller Health Centre site in Westport.

Ardern said: “We’re committed to tackling this long term challenge – the Government has invested a record $3.5bn ($2.28bn) to improve our health facilities.

“The Coast has benefited from some of this investment and we’ve provided additional funding to finish Te Nikau.”

The $121.9m ($79.73m), 8,500m2 hospital was said to be specifically built for the environment on the Coast, as well as designed to support new models of care and integrated services in the future.

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It was designed by West Coast DHB, with contracts managed in alliance with Fletcher Construction, the Ministry of Health and the West Coast Partnership Group.

The facility houses 56 inpatients beds, an emergency department (ED), critical care unit, acute and planned medical and surgical services, maternity care, radiology, lab services, paediatrics, outpatients and a pharmacy.

Henare noted: “There are state of the art facilities in radiology and ED while the critical care unit has larger patient bays and a negative pressure room for respiratory care.

“In maternity, specialised birthing suites have a more home-like environment. There are also fit for purpose spaces for assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, including four transitional care units.”

The new health centre at the Buller Health Centre site will be a 12-bed facility that will deliver multiple services, including general practice, patient rooms, maternity, palliative care and urgent care.

Set to begin in February next year, construction will occur for about 18 months.

Earlier this month, New Zealand confirmed design for the new Dunedin Hospital project, which is expected to cost a total of more than NZ$1.4bn ($933m).