The Rangiora Health Hub late May 2017 earned a silver award at the Master Builders Association New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

The award recognises excellence in workmanship construction practices and innovation.

Site Manager Brendon says he was elated that the project received an award as “a lot of heart and soul” from all the team had gone into it.

The single-level 1200m2 facility has a maternity unit and a range of outpatient and specialist services. The existing Rangiora Hospital buildings continue to house a range of community services.

Earlier this year the Rangiora Health Hub became home to the Mobile Surgical Bus, which has helped Waimakariri residents access medical surgeries, including orthopaedic procedures and hernia repairs.

Later this year the Rangiora Health Hub was expected to become home to after-hours services. Since at least 2011 Rangiora residents have been calling for an After Hours service to come back.   In May 2017 CDHB planning and funding manager Carolyn Gullery stated about the provision of After Hours services “We expect to be able to report back to the community later in June.” At the time of writing in July 2017 the writer was yet to see a report about After Hours service provisions for North Canterbury.

Update: It’s now been reported a decision on after-hours services for the Waimakariri will be delayed to September 2017.