27 Aug P&F Global supports Southland Charity Hospital
Creating better, fairer access to health services is the vision for the new Southland Charity Hospital being built in Invercargill and P&F Global is helping make this vision a reality by donating the pipes for the project.
Earlier this year P&F Global donated the pipes for the hospital’s floor wastes, toilet, basin and sink drains and commercial washing machine wastes, and this month it has provided pipes for the sewer and stormwater drains around the exterior of the building.
Karl Boniface from KBP Plumbing is one of the local trade experts donating his time and expertise to install the pipes and drainage for the hospital, along with Laser Plumbing, Telfer Drainage, and Arnott Drainage.
“Our goal, with the help of these other businesses, is to complete all sewer and stormwater services free of charge and P&F Global’s generous donation has made that target more achievable and helped motivate others to join the project.”
In a project of this scale, Karl says there are a lot of plumbing services required (up to 4x as much as for the average house) and while the work is ultimately hidden from view, it is a critical foundation for the hospital to function.
“We’re really pleased to be part of the Southland Charity Hospital project,” says P&F Global Sales Manager Joseph McLean.
“We value our relationships with the people we work with, and with the communities where our teams live and work, so it makes it really meaningful to contribute to a project that will have such a direct impact on so many lives in the Southland and greater region.”
Modelled on the Canterbury Charity Hospital, the Southland Charity Hospital will follow the same philosophy of offering care to patients who cannot access treatment through the district health board and cannot afford private treatment.
Southland Charity Hospital general manager Helen Robinson says the hospital is there to enable all people to have fair access to healthcare, regardless of where they live or their economic situation.
“It will not only offer healthcare to people but will be a valued community asset that can adapt and expand with the needs of the community.”
The hospital, which is being built on a donated site, is expected to open next year and will include an orthopaedic grade operating theatre, a dental suite, approximately eight recovery beds, a community room, consulting rooms and a memorial garden.
The hospital’s memorial garden is in memory of Blair Vining, who fought for more equitable access to cancer care in Southland while battling terminal bowel cancer and who is the reason the Southland Charity Hospital Trust was established.
When it opens the hospital will provide dental services, colonoscopies and general day surgery to patients from the Southern DHB Zone (which covers Southland and Otago), and it will expand the services it provides over time.