Carolyn Gullery, Canterbury District Health Board executive

Health Hub becomes a reality

by Ann van Engelen

The Selwyn District Council and the Canterbury District Health Board have agreed to build and fit-out an integrated health and social services hub in Rolleston.

“Canterbury DHB signed the lease, which gives the green light to the council to begin construction on the project, expected to start in early March,” says DHB executive Carolyn Gullery.

The new hub will be built on land directly opposite the council offices in Rolleston, next to the St John ambulance base with construction firm Naylor Love as the lead contractor. Budget for the construction is $14.7 million, funded as a commercial investment. The fit-out of the Canterbury DHB component of the health and social services hub will be an additional cost for the DHB, yet to be confirmed.

It will comprise a primary birthing unit, plus DHB community health services and will sit alongside a general practice, radiology and other community health and social services.

The facility will reflect the highly acclaimed Rangiora Health Hub and will take elements from its design.

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton says he is delighted to see the project getting underway.

“During consultation, our community strongly endorsed the idea of having a wider range of health providers located in the district, reducing the need for the people of Selwyn to travel out of the district for care.

“From a Selwyn perspective, it will be part of the mix of amenities and facilities that make the district such an attractive place to buy a home and bring up a family.”

The planned development also ticks one of the Canterbury Health System’s strategic aims, which is to meet people’s health needs by providing health support and services close to home and in the community.