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As the weather con­tin­ues to be blus­tery, the winds of change may also be blow­ing for the health ser­vices on our is­land.

New Wai­heke Health Trust gen­eral man­ager Julie Cairns wants to see a one-stop-shop med­i­cal cen­tre where the Wai­heke Health Trust and the Pir­i­tahi Hau Ora Trust work to­gether.

And she says it’s no pipe dream.

Cairns says be­fore she took up her new job, the two trusts had al­ready started col­lab­o­rat­ing to de­velop an Ur­gent and Af­ter Hours ser­vice for the is­land.

It’s the first time the trusts and three med­i­cal cen­tres on Wai­heke have come to­gether to work on a joint pro­posal for an in­te­grated af­ter-hours ser­vice. And it’s a great first step. Cairns be­lieves there also needs to be com­mu­nity en­gage­ment to co-de­sign a health ser­vice that bet­ter serves the is­land’s needs.

‘‘But I don’t know how that’s go­ing to hap­pen,’’ she says.

Any ideas? Let us know on Neigh­bourly or send me an email

- Di.

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