Plan to share health services
One of the first goals of a new Queenstown and Central Otago health group is to make it possible for people across the region to receive health care where they want it.
Chairman of the Central Lakes Health Network John MacDonald said the number of issues the group had to deal with was massive.
However, the network was an ‘‘exceptional’’ group of people made up of seven locally-based health professionals and three community representatives, who were well placed to make changes.
One of the biggest challenges was integrating the services between Dunstan Hospital, at Clyde, with Lakes District Hospital, in Frankton, and Wanaka.
‘‘When we look at different problems we have within the area we keep running into these historic [District Health Board] boundaries which no longer exist. It all comes under one bucket of money now.’’
The Southland and Otago boards had amalgamated into the Southern District Health Board but people were still only allowed to go to certain hospitals, based on the historic boundaries.
The group started meeting in June, under the umbrella of Alliance South, an alliance between the Southern District Health Board and Wellsouth, which represents primary health providers including GPs and pharmacists.
Lakes District Hospital at Frankton.