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The new Auckland City Hospital centralises the city's acute adult services into one purpose-built, nine-level ‘village'

To your good health

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One of the most vital aspects of a large, modern city is an efficient health system. The fast-growing city of Auckland is no exception to this. In recent years, more technologically complex medical practices and changing demographics meant that running several hospitals in separate locations was becoming increasingly inefficient.

After 10 years of planning, Auckland City Hospital – New Zealand's largest public building – now unites Auckland's acute adult services, with a link to the existing Starship Children's Health building. The new hospital has 75,000m2 of floor space over nine levels, creating a virtual village for acute medicine.

General manager for the building programme Dr Nigel Murray says the half-billion dollar project was designed to bring together the Auckland District Health Board's services in a cost effective way that would meet the fast-changing needs of the region.

"To complement acute services, outpatient and day-stay surgical services have been centralised at a new facility on the site of the former Green Lane Hospital," he says.

The new Auckland City Hospital is a showcase of the latest medical technology, such as electronic medical records, networked patient monitoring systems and digital patient imaging.

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The new hospital, designed by Auckland architects Jasmax in conjunction with Australian hospital design specialists MSJ, has more than 3500 rooms.

The design is adaptable, with potential to develop new facilities if required in the future. The interiors of the wards have been given a non-clinical, almost domestic look, and every room has access to natural light from external windows or a glassed-in atrium.

Environmental concerns have also been considered, with a natural gas plant, rainwater collection for toilets and light sensors to help conserve energy.

"Everything about the new hospital has been designed to meet the needs of the patients. Our staff have been heavily involved in the design from the beginning," says Dr Murray.

"With both the Auckland City Hospital and the Greenlane Clinical Centre, the people of Auckland and those further afield now have the opportunity to access new levels of healthcare in purpose-built facilities."

First published date: 12 October 2003

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