The former elective surgery centre at North Shore Hospital has been re-purposed so that Covid-19 patients can be cared from separately from other patients.
NZ Health Minister David Clark says hospitals are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for Covid-19 patients.
“North Shore Hospital has also been using the time provided by the lockdown and the reduced number of elective surgeries to prepare staff,” Dr Clark says.
“Most DHBs are at around 50 per cent occupancy, and they have taken the opportunity to run intensive theatre training sessions to upskill staff on how to manage the particular needs of COVID-19 patients.
“North Shore has also doubled its intensive care capacity.”