Multi-million dollar health center in Cambridge to include housing and pet hospital

A multi-million dollar medical complex in Cambridge is expected to bring relief to a health sector under “enormous pressure” and reduce reliance on services in Hamilton.

Valued at more than $ 100 million, the major development of the Cambridge health center will house a general practitioner practice, emergency care, a surgical day hospital, a pharmacy, PathLab and other specialist facilities, including including a pet hospital.

It will also include a subdivision for people who need to live near health care.

The super village will benefit the region’s economy and provide another option in a health system facing overload, Medical Pacific consultant Paul Williams said.

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The Cambridge Health Hub will include everything from specialist suites to an audiologist and a pet hospital, serving Cambridge and surrounding districts.

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The Cambridge Health Hub will include everything from specialist suites to an audiologist and a pet hospital, serving Cambridge and surrounding districts.

Williams represents the developers, anesthesiologist Dr Luk Chin and horse breeder Lady Justine Hogan, and said Thing the couple – who consider Cambridge their home – have long wanted to give back to the community. Given the region’s substantial growth over the past three years, he said it was evident that additional medical options were needed in Waipā.

Cities on the outskirts of Hamilton have had to rely on urban practices, he said, but Hamilton also has an “overload situation” and it’s going to get significantly worse.

“We think that’s what’s needed to relieve the pressure,” said Williams.

“It doesn’t take anything away from Waikato Hospital – don’t get me wrong – but the little things can now be dealt with in the community.

“We think the government will need to work a little more closely with private medicine to look after the community and this is a step in the right direction.”

The 7,300 m² complex located at the intersection of Victoria Rd and Norfolk Drive will include specialty suites, a pharmacy, dentist, optometrist, audiologist, gymnasium and café.

A major component of the overall development will be landscaping to suit the character of Cambridge.

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A major component of the overall development will be landscaping to suit the character of Cambridge.

A pet hospital will provide veterinary surgery services – perhaps a first for a medical complex.

The GP’s office will also perform urgent medical care for extended hours, which is currently not available in Cambridge.

The hope is that the range of options and resources available will attract more general practitioners to the area, Williams said.

Next to the health center, there will be 40 townhouses and 38 houses, for people who need health care nearby, he said.

“It’s extremely unusual for medical development, but there are quite a few people who would benefit from being close to a medical facility like this.

“We’ve already sold a lot of these houses and we haven’t even advertised.”

The complex has the green light from the Waipā District Council, and the design and construction of the entire complex has been awarded to the AHS group. It is expected to be completed by June 2023.

“It’s been two and a half years in the planning. From this point, we move forward quickly.

“We would like this to be operational in 14 months. It is urgent and we need it now.

Arrangements have been made as part of development planning for the future expansion of health services, including rehabilitation services such as hydrotherapy.

The Waikato District Health Board has also been approached about satellite services and the possibility of a birthing center.

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