28 Apr 2021

New spinal rehabilitation unit for Auckland gets government funding

5:46 am on 28 April 2021

The government has confirmed it is funding a new spinal rehabilitation unit in Auckland.

Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU) in Ōtara.

Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU) in Ōtara. The new unit will be part of a superclinic in Manukau Photo: LDR

It will replace the old one near Middlemore Hospital which cares for all patients in the top half of the North Island.

The $110m unit will be part of a new superclinic in Manukau, which will have four theatres, more than 30 clinical outpatient spaces, a radiology hub, a breast-care service, and an expanded dialysis service.

Health Minister Andrew Little said patients would get high-quality, integrated services in a modern, fit-for-purpose building.

Patient groups have been calling for a new facility for years, saying the current one, built in the 1970s, has passed its use-by date.

Local Democracy Reporting has reported the unit was also expected to cater for burns victims and amputees.

Spinal Support NZ president Brendan Tourelle has said a new facility was long overdue.

"The current facility has been here since the 1970s, but it's at the end of its use-by date. They've done their best to keep it going and it was given a facelift a few years ago."

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