Counties Manukau Health welcomes funding boost

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Media release 2 April 2019 | Counties Manukau Health Board Chairman, Vui Mark Gosche has welcomed the additional funding of $10.5 million for further development of the Tiaho Mai Mental Health Unit.

The additional funding is to meet the costs of escalation following Ebert Construction liquidation. This takes the total budget for the project to $67.5 million and will enable the expansion of the mental health unit to commence.

“We are pleased the Government has approved the additional funding that will allow us to continue our plans to expand and future proof the capacity for acute mental health treatment in Counties Manukau,” says Mr Gosche.

“Our community is at the heart of what we do.  Acute mental health is an important area for us and the DHB has made a significant investment in the past 10 years to ensure improved access to treatment for patients who are acutely affected.”

Stage one opened in November 2018 and was developed within the grounds of the existing Middlemore Hospital site, providing a 38-bed facility featuring design and technology features in rooms, corridors, courtyards and shared areas.  The facility was developed with input from service users and their families and staff, with consideration also given to cultural elements.  

“Now that we have got the green light for the next stage, we can finalise plans for construction of the next stage with the new contractor,” adds Mr Gosche. 

“We look forward to completing the facility as it will make a significant difference in supporting mental health wellbeing in Counties Manukau.”

Issued by: CM Health Communications
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