Covid upgrades complete at Tauranga Hospital

Dr Luke Bradford in one of the upgraded rooms at Tauranga Hospital. Photo: Supplied.

Covid-19 response upgrade works that will enhance patient care and improve staff safety have been completed at Tauranga Hospital.

The project has seen ward 4C upgraded over the past few months, to establish an environment specifically designed to meet the needs of patients with virus.

The work is part of the national pandemic response planning being led by the Ministry of Health. The ward - a section of Tauranga Hospital’s Orthopaedic Ward - has been re-purposed to provide additional oxygen supply and improved air management for environments in the ward.

Bay of Plenty District Health Board chief medical officer Dr Luke Bradford says the opening of the ward, which has 24 beds, is an essential part of the pandemic response for the region.

“It means that as we go through the year and we learn to live with Covid-19 in the community as case numbers rise, we will be able to care for those with Covid in a way that keeps them safe, enhances the care of patients and their whānau, and improves safety for staff," says Dr Bradford.

“Negative pressure rooms can safely manage the care of patients as the contagious fluids in the air does not leave the rooms - instead it is extracted from the rooms by new ventilation systems.

“Patients with Covid-19 can be managed in separate bays and each part of the ward can be divided from others.”

Vaccination milestone praised


The community effort that saw the Bay of Plenty reach the 90 per cent fully-vaccinated milestone is being recognised and praised.


“We’re gratified to have reached the 90 per cent milestone,” says Bay of Plenty District Health Board chief executive officer Pete Chandler.


“I wish to mihi the community effort to which this success is owed – from vaccine providers to iwi to community groups to Bay of Plenty DHB staff – thank you.”

Staff at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board’s Tauranga Central COVID-19 community vaccination centre on First Avenue celebrate achieving the 90 per cent fully vaccinated milestone. Photo: Supplied.


The milestone means more than 195,000 people have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Bay of Plenty.


The DHB says it will continue its focus on the vaccine, with booster doses underway, the five to 11-year-old rollout starting on January 17, and a strong commitment to obtaining the same double dose vaccination rate for Māori.


“The mahi continues until every community across the rohe is offered the same protection against Covid-19,” says Chandler. “We remain focussed on an equitable rollout.”


Those eligible can continue to get their first, second or booster vaccine doses at walk-in clinics throughout the Bay of Plenty. For more information visit:

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Fighting fires..........

Posted on 16-01-2022 21:33 | By groutby

.....are what this government are about along with, an_alias, an ’equitable’ outcome for all taxpayers will never be possible under the current regime, irrespective of immediate needs. It seems that we focus just on what is required to keep hell with what’s right!!............

Just in case

Posted on 16-01-2022 14:51 | By

I don’t understand why they are so hell bent on keeping it out at the border. We need it in and to get on with life.

Great just in time NOT

Posted on 16-01-2022 11:26 | By

So 2 years in and we just have this upgrade complete. Priorities of this govt just dont add up. So ready for the Omni-cold to hit NZ. Where is the funding for Cancer ? 9.5k NZ people die each year from Cancer alone and we only funded $66M ?