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Last modified: 24 May 2021 4:36pm

A crane lifts a CRT machine off the back of a flatbed trailer in front of the new Selwyn Health Hub

The first tenants have started installing equipment in their spaces in the Selwyn Health Hub as preparations continue for the facility's opening.

Pacific Radiology installed its new $2 million MRI scanner last week, with a CT, ultrasound and x-ray machines to come in the next few weeks as its fit out continues. Pacific Radiology is hoping to start taking patient referrals by July.

Canterbury District Health Board has also begun its fit out and is planning to have services open in early 2022. It will bring together the CDHB’s maternity, community dental and Child, Adolescent and Family mental health services for Selwyn in one centre.

Those services will include a new Primary Birthing Unit with two birthing rooms and 10 post-natal beds, a three-chair Community Dental Unit and a community services area with six clinic rooms.

Council Property Group Manager Douglas Marshall says it’s an exciting time for the project and the district.

“Seeing that MRI scanner going in is a real tangible sign for people in Selwyn of the commitment and the quality of service that Pacific Radiology are bringing to the district. It’s another milestone for a hub that will bring new and improved health care services for Selwyn.”

The $14.7 million Health Hub is funded as a commercial investment.