Faster turn­around for range of surg­eries

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Peo­ple liv­ing in South Waikato and north Ruapehu dis­tricts will have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess their elec­tive surgery at Ro­torua or Taupo hos­pi­tals, as well as Waikato Hospi­tal, from April this year.

Waikato and Lakes district health boards have looked closely in re­cent months at ways pa­tients from the two dis­tricts could ac­cess their elec­tive op­er­a­tions sooner.

In par­tic­u­lar it is pa­tients re­quir­ing elec­tive op­er­a­tions in orthopaedics, gy­nae­col­ogy, ear, nose and throat and oph­thal­mol­ogy.

Some Waikato pa­tients re­ceived their ma­jor joint op­er­a­tions at Ro­torua Hospi­tal late last year, and talks since then have looked at ex­pand­ing the num­ber of pa­tients and the range of pro­ce­dures.

Waikato DHB chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Jan Adams told her board in Hamil­ton last week it would give those pa­tients faster ac­cess to elec­tive ser­vices.

‘‘ We will of­fer the pa­tients in north Ruapehu and South Waikato the op­tion of go­ing to Ro­torua or Taupo hos­pi­tals for out­pa­tient as­sess­ments or for ma­jor surgery at Ro­torua," she said.

The change will help pro­vide greater cer­tainty for GPs and pa­tients and as­sist Waikato DHB in meet­ing the government’s short­ened wait­ing times.

Brief­ings will take place with GPs in north Ruapehu and South Waikato on the process and the GPs will have in­for­ma­tion for those pa­tients of­fered ser­vices at Taupo and Ro­torua hos­pi­tals.

‘‘Lakes DHB has spare the­atre and out­pa­tient ca­pac­ity and al­ready meets the [ new] five month re­quire­ment,’’ said Mrs Adams.

Lakes DHB chief ex­ec­u­tive Ron Dun­ham said Lakes had tra­di­tion­ally been well ahead of its elec­tive surgery tar­gets.

‘‘That means we can look af­ter our Waikato neigh­bours as Lakes has the staff and fa­cil­i­ties to care for them in ad­di­tion to our own pa­tients.

‘‘This is good news for our neigh­bours as they will re­ceive the op­er­a­tions and care that they re­quire. The ini­tia­tive is in line with the on­go­ing com­mit­ment both the Government and Mid­land DHBs have to­wards pro­vid­ing timely op­er­a­tions and care to their com­mu­ni­ties and for greater re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion,’’ said Mr Dun­ham.

FASTER SER­VICE: South Waikato res­i­dents can now opt to ac­cess their elec­tive surgery in Ro­torua or Taupo Hos­pi­tals from April.

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