De­ci­sion soon on cen­tralised health ser­vices

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

Waikato District Health Board meets to­day to de­ter­mine whether $ 1.9 mil­lion will be given to Toko­roa Hospi­tal to ac­com­mo­date pri­mary care providers.

The deal (if ap­proved) will mean the ma­jor­ity of gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers in Toko­roa will now be based at the hospi­tal.

The meet­ing in Hamil­ton will ex­plore the de­tails of the pro­posal.

Ap­proval is sought based on man­age­ment’s ad­vice that bud­get- ing is rea­son­ably ad­vanced and this project is of suf­fi­cient pri­or­ity that it can be com­mit­ted.

The project’s bud­get con­sists of $1.2m for ward three, $200,000 for the phar­macy, $400,000 for ward four and $100,000 for pri­mary ma­ter­nity.

Sev­eral providers are also keen to move early and there is a six­month project lead time un­til the fa­cil­i­ties will be ready to oc­cupy.

The pro­posal is an in­vest­ment and ten­ancy ar­range­ment to sup­port the ser­vice in­te­gra­tion strat­egy that the board has had for many years at Toko­roa and Tau­marunui hos­pi­tals.

The pro­posed devel­op­ment will see two wards – ward three and four – be­ing handed over to non­govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion providers and the amal­ga­mated com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies re­lo­cat­ing to the present health board phys­io­ther­apy area.

The fa­cil­i­ties are un­used ex­cept for phys­io­ther­apy which will be re­lo­cated to ward four, while ward three will be ten­anted by Mid­lands Health Net­work’s three GP prac­tices.

The join­ing com­mu­nity phar­macy will be part of a mul­tidis­ci­plinary team.

Talks are also oc­cur­ring with pri­mary ma­ter­nity providers.

Build­ing work will not oc­cur un­til ten­ants have been fi­nalised. Ward three needs more ex­ten­sive work then ward four as the in­ter­nal lay­out would be re­quired to change.

Mean­while, dur­ing to­mor­row’s cor­po­rate and en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee meet­ing, mem­bers from Waikato District Health Board and Mid­lands Health Net­work will pro­vide an up­date of ac­tiv­i­ties and plans for Toko­roa Hospi­tal to the full meet­ing of South Waikato District Coun­cil.

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