Changes to Aotea pathology a concern
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.