Director Ben Castle said the new facility would add to those services, by offering day surgery and an endoscopy suite, operating as Tasman Day Surgery, in partnership with Nelson Day Surgery.
Lower Queen Street Health also owned four neighbouring properties, with plans for a third development stage to extend from the new building to complete the 8000 square metre hub.
The philosophy was to make healthcare accessible to the community, he said.
“This is such a fast-growing region, it’s projected to grow by about 10,000 in the next 10 years, and it’s also an increasingly aged community – and as an aged person myself I appreciate the advantage of having good healthcare facilities.”
The day surgery unit would offer a full range of general surgery and specialist procedures, while the endoscopy suite would offer diagnostic services, he said.
Tasman Day Surgery general manager Lynda Wakefield said the word endoscopy covered all manner of diagnostic tests, as “oscopy” referred to the use of a camera, while “end” referred to how it entered the body – which could be through several entry points. If something minor was discovered there was also the ability to take it out in a single procedure.
The focus was on prevention, and people who had concerns would be able to book directly, she said. “People worry about these things ... and they often do sit on the worry – literally.”
Castle said the cost of completing and fitting out the new two-storey building, designed by Arthouse Architects, would be about $10m, not including the land.
That fit-out includes the new cutting edge operating theatre, being done by Opritech, part of Cubro.