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September 27, 2010

Tender let for new Franz Josef health facility

St John and the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) are pleased to announce that, following a tender process, they have chosen a construction company for the new combined ambulance station and medical centre at Franz Josef.

The selected company is West Coast-based, Chris Yeats Builders Ltd. and the project will be managed by RCP Ltd. a Christchurch-based company with extensive experience in construction of health facilities.

Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in October 2010. With four clinic rooms and a dedicated treatment room, the DHB portion of the facility will be larger than other rural clinics, reflecting the growing population in Franz Josef and a role as the hub for South Westland rural clinics. The ambulance station includes garaging for two ambulances and sleeping accommodation for ambulance staff.

St John Regional General Manager David Thomas said St John was pleased this next step had been taken towards the exciting new facility. "This great new building will offer significant benefits to both organisations and to the wider community."

Dr Martin London of South Westland says: "It is very exciting that the clinic is finally getting underway. Its completion will open the door for further development of South Westland as a fully fledged teaching practice including extra doctor hours to help with the training of GP registrars and undergraduate medical and nursing students. We see this as crucial for the retention and recruitment of clinical staff for the West Coast and rural areas throughout New Zealand."

For further information please contact

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
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or

Ian Henderson
Public Relations Coordinator
Northern Region (South Island)
St John
174 Durham Street
PO Box 1443
Christchurch
Phone (DDI): (03) 353-7110, ext 3222
Mobile: 027 436 2528
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