Grand open­ing of Toko­roa Med­i­cal Cen­tre next week

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

A $1.5 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment of Toko­roa’s new one- stop health shop is all but com­plete.

With the grand open­ing of the Toko­roa Med­i­cal Cen­tre planned for Mon­day, fi­nal touches are un­der way.

What was once a ne­glected hos­pi­tal ward is now a colour­ful med­i­cal cen­tre with 17 consult rooms.

The unique de­sign of the build­ing matches the cen­tre’s adop­tion of a new model of care that has been run­ning in Hamil­ton for three years.

The cen­tre’s seven doc­tors will be work­ing hand in hand with two physi­cian as­sis­tants, one clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist, one nurse prac­ti­tioner, three med­i­cal cen­tre as­sis­tants and a team of nurses and ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­port.

Busi­ness man­ager Mark Tay­lor said this new con­cept will en­sure pa­tients get the best value for their time and money.

Un­der the old sys­tem pa­tients would check in and wait for a doc­tor to be­come avail­able.

Come Fe­bru­ary, once pa­tients ar­rive for their ap­point­ment, they will be seen by a med­i­cal cen­tre as­sis­tant straight away where ba­sic health checks such as height, weight and blood pres­sure will be com­pleted.

‘‘This means GPs can fo­cus on the pa­tient’s ac­tual rea­son for vis­it­ing dur­ing their con­sul­ta­tion.’’

A ma­jor change in lay­out is the move away from in­di­vid­ual doc­tor’s rooms.

GPs will now com­plete their pa­per­work in a sep­a­rate area to en­sure the consult rooms are used for pa­tient con­sults only.

The com­mu­nity has been a huge fo­cus of the build­ing’s de­sign, he said.

‘‘We want it to be a friendly, warm place and not so clin­i­cal.’’ Pri­mary Health Care held a photography com­pe­ti­tion at both Toko­roa high schools and have se­lected three from each to hang in the new re­cep­tion area.

It also com­mis­sioned Ngati Raukawa to de­sign a ‘‘kape’’ mo­tif that rep­re­sents the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity. A full scale graphic will take cen­tre place in the re­cep­tion area and the de­sign will also cover win­dow ar­eas within the new fa­cil­ity.

‘‘See­ing the end prod­uct, it’s fan­tas­tic,’’ Mr Tay­lor said.

There have been sac­ri­fices made to en­sure the project stayed un­der bud­get but he said none will be no­ticed by pa­tients or staff.

New be­gin­nings: Toko­roa Med­i­cal Cen­tre busi­ness man­ager Mark Tay­lor is ex­cited about the grand open­ing on Mon­day.

Fi­nal touches: Builders make the fi­nal touches on the green cor­ri­dor.

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