Changes to Aotea pathol­ogy a con­cern

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Aotea res­i­dent Joan Cut­triss has many con­cerns over the pro­posed changes at Aotea Pathol­ogy, such as where her blood tests will be done af­ter Oc­to­ber.

Cap­i­tal & Coast, Hutt Val­ley and Wairarapa dis­trict health boards an­nounced this year that South­ern Com­mu­nity Lab­o­ra­to­ries was the pre­ferred provider of their in­te­grated hos­pi­tal and com­mu­nity lab­o­ra­tory ser­vices.

Aotea Pathol­ogy with­drew its bid in Fe­bru­ary, leav­ing South­ern Com­mu­nity Lab­o­ra­to­ries the sole con­tender.

The health boards have said the de­ci­sion will mean busi­ness at usual for peo­ple need­ing blood tests and other ser­vices, with the premises likely to re­main the same.

How­ever, Cut­triss is still con­cerned.

‘‘It’s most un­fair,’’ she said. ‘‘We will likely have to travel fur­ther afield for regular tests. Our pen­sions just aren’t made for this.’’

In re­ply to Kapi-Mana News re­quests, a pre­vi­ously pre­pared Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board in­for­ma­tion doc­u­ment was sent. It stated that changes for pa­tients would be min­i­mal, and that many would come as a re­sult of im­prove­ments to ser­vices.

It said those im­prove­ments could in­clude im­proved ac­cess to com­mu­nity col­lec­tion ser­vices and faster turn­around times for test re­sults.

Cut­triss said some Aotea Pathol­ogy staff had told her they were un­sure if they would still have jobs af­ter the change.

‘‘They treat us so well and are like friends to those who fre­quently go there for tests.

‘‘I’m most up­set be­cause sud­denly it’s all about to change.’’

‘‘I’m 75, and as an older per­son the ser­vice is great. For peo­ple like me it’s in the per­fect place and ev­ery­one there treats us right. ‘‘Why does it have to change?’’ Cut­triss has been a res­i­dent at Sum­mer­set at Aotea Re­tire­ment Vil­lage for three years, and has been a pa­tient of Aotea Pathol­ogy for 14. ‘‘There’s no way I want to see it go.’’ She said other res­i­dents felt the same way.

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