Work to begin on Hospice Tairawhiti building in 2020

HOSPICE Tairawhiti’s much-awaited new building is a step closer with groundworks due to start this week.

The 700 square metre facility administration and day services building will be built behind the main Gisborne Hospital building and will allow for expansion if an in-patient unit is required in the future.

A lease has been signed between Hauora Tairawhiti and Hospice and the building contract will soon go out for tender.

Construction will start early next year.

The first step is to remove 25 trees that are nearing the end of their life.

They will be removed this week meaning there may be some noise and disruption in the area.

The site will then be flattened and services installed to the area.

Once the building is complete, native trees will be planted to replace those that have been removed.

The new building will include outpatient rooms, a clinical area, and a large multi-purpose education area.

Hospice Tairawhiti will run day programmes where patients and families can come and spend time connecting with others in similar situations.

Fundraising for the new $3 million facility was progressing well, said a spokeswoman.

“For the past 27 years Hospice has been operating out of a small building on the hospital grounds — a building that is no longer large enough to house the increasing staff numbers and does not have the space for patients and families to visit,” said the spokeswoman.

HOSPICE Tairawhiti’s much-awaited new building is a step closer with groundworks due to start this week.

The 700 square metre facility administration and day services building will be built behind the main Gisborne Hospital building and will allow for expansion if an in-patient unit is required in the future.

A lease has been signed between Hauora Tairawhiti and Hospice and the building contract will soon go out for tender.

Construction will start early next year.

The first step is to remove 25 trees that are nearing the end of their life.

They will be removed this week meaning there may be some noise and disruption in the area.

The site will then be flattened and services installed to the area.

Once the building is complete, native trees will be planted to replace those that have been removed.

The new building will include outpatient rooms, a clinical area, and a large multi-purpose education area.

Hospice Tairawhiti will run day programmes where patients and families can come and spend time connecting with others in similar situations.

Fundraising for the new $3 million facility was progressing well, said a spokeswoman.

“For the past 27 years Hospice has been operating out of a small building on the hospital grounds — a building that is no longer large enough to house the increasing staff numbers and does not have the space for patients and families to visit,” said the spokeswoman.

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