A variety of health care close to home
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.