$30 million medical centre with MRI to open in Queenstown

13th April 2018

A new medical centre with specialised units is planned for Queenstown with an MRI machine to operate this year.

General practice, urgent care, radiology, skin care, and surgical and eye care units are planned for the 6000 square metre facility on Hawthorne Drive in Remarkables Park.

The design for the $10miilion fit-out is under way, with construction starting this year.

Remarkables Park director Alastair Porter is confident the Queenstown community will welcome the new medical centre.

Remarkables Park announced on Wednesday that the facility will house a diverse range of medical specialities, with Pacific Radiology established in a relocatable facility and open in the first quarter of this year.

Pacific Radiology Group chief executive Lance Lawler said there was a “critical need” for MRI services in the Queenstown area.

Having the latest model of MRI scanner in Frankton would save patients the cost of travel, he said.

“Patients in Queenstown currently have to travel to Christchurch, Dunedin or Invercargill for scans. Very soon those scans can be completed here.”

Pacific Radiology would be one of the first services open in the new medical centre.

The building would have four storeys, but its zoning gave the potential for another two levels.

Remarkables Park Ltd chief executive Alastair Porter and Skin Institute Queenstown director Hans Raetz​ were confident the facility would be welcomed by the Queenstown community.

“There’s no doubt Queenstown is famous for its extraordinary location, however that presents challenges when it comes to accessing medical services and specialists,” Raetz said.

 

(originally published on stuff.co.nz)