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Ready for business . . . The newly built Maniototo Hospital was officially opened during a ceremony yesterday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED/MANIOTOTO HOSPITAL

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Manitoto Hospital’s $7million facility is open for business.

The building was officially opened yesterday, complete with a ceremony attended by Health Minister David Clark and Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan.

Hospital general manager Geoff Foster said the end result was “brilliant”.

“Everybody who comes through the place loves it.”

The hospital has 31 beds – 25 for rest-home and hospital level care and six for acute medical patients.

A heli-pad was also planned and was being measured up this week.

Work on the building started in April last year.

The facility has been designed to allow natural light in, while fresh air can flow in via windows at the highest point of the walls, opened and closed using remote controls.

The spacious rooms, which feature en suites, are in either the Kakanui Ward or Hawkdun Ward, named for the mountain ranges facing the rooms.

Dr Clark was taken on a tour of the building, similar to a couple of tours offered to the public over recent times.

However, the overall roject is not yet complete.

The neighbouring chalet, where the retirement home previously was, will be reconfigured into a one-stop shop for various medical needs.

It will include a medical centre, dentist, Well Child service and Plunket room.