A va­ri­ety of health care close to home

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Pohlen is a small but busy ru­ral hospi­tal. It is owned by the com­mu­nity and ad­min­is­tered by Pohlen Hospi­tal Trust Board; a char­i­ta­ble trust.

Be­cause Pohlen Hospi­tal is a one-stop-shop in terms of ser­vices of­fered to the wider com­mu­nity, the catch­ment area is broad and in­cludes pa­tients and birthing moth­ers from Toko­roa, Pu­taruru, Ti­rau, Te Aroha, Mor­rinsville, as well as Mata­mata.

Statis­tics for the pe­riod March 2011 to Fe­bru­ary 2012 show 674 peo­ple were cared for at Pohlen Hospi­tal.

This can be bro­ken down as fol­lows:

225 birthing moth­ers who re­ceived ma­ter­nity care in Pohlen’s Ma­ter­nity Unit.

43 peo­ple re­ceived aged care. Most of these peo­ple were long-term pa­tients.

19 pal­lia­tive care pa­tients; both the pa­tient and their fam­ily, re­ceived sup­port in their fi­nal days.

14 pa­tients re­ceived re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive care. This could in­clude fur­ther re­cov­ery af­ter be­ing in Waikato Hospi­tal for a chronic ill­ness, for mo­bil­ity ther­apy af­ter hip or knee op­er­a­tions, or to give respite to main car­ers and thus pro­vide a fresh per­spec­tive to im­prove the pa­tient’s health.

267 gen­eral prac­ti­tioner pa­tients re­ceived di­rect care from their own doc­tor while re­cov­er­ing in hospi­tal. A large pro­por­tion of these pa­tients are over 65.

15 pri­vate pa­tients re­ceived care. These pa­tients don’t fit into an ex­ist­ing con­tract for care as held by Pohlen but were happy to pay for their care.

91 sur­gi­cal pa­tients re­ceived en­do­scope pro­ce­dures. This is a user­pays sys­tem

For Pohlen Hospi­tal to have these types of con­tracts with the Waikato Dis­trict Health Board, hence such a va­ri­ety of health care avail­able to com­mu­nity makes an enor­mous dif­fer­ence to both fam­ily and pa­tients.

Pa­tients are in their own com­mu­nity, near fam­ily and sup­ported by their loved ones, as op­posed to be­ing cared for in Waikato Hospi­tal which is 100km away.

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