New med­i­cal cen­tre eyes the fu­ture

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - PIERS FULLER

Fac­ing a dwin­dling med­i­cal work­force, ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and grap­pling with new tech­nol­ogy, New Zealand’s largest gen­eral prac­tice is work­ing to de­sign a new cen­tre to han­dle medicine in a chang­ing world.

Master­ton Med­i­cal clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Tony Becker said they are in the fi­nal stages of plan­ning the cen­tre and hope to in­cor­po­rate a range of fea­tures to best ac­com­mo­date the com­mu­nity’s needs now and in the fu­ture.

With up to 50 per cent of the cur­rent med­i­cal work­force less than 10 years away from re­tire­ment, the sec­tor needs to be able at­tract good staff and work out bet­ter mod­els of treat­ment that may mean fewer doc­tors’ con­sul­ta­tions.

As the big­gest gen­eral prac­tice in New Zealand he said they are aware that they have to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment which is more per­sonal for their pa­tients. They in­tend to sep­a­rate the build­ing into four hubs with sub­groups of nurses and doc­tors so that peo­ple have some fa­mil­iar­ity with each other and their his­tory.

Another ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment will be the ad­di­tion of booths where peo­ple will be able to make the most of tech­nol­ogy to start feed­ing in their med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion and in­putting queries. They will also be able to log in to their own pa­tient files, as they are al­ready able to do on­line.

‘‘Young peo­ple are into im­me­di­acy and into screens and so we’re try­ing to plan not only for the el­derly peo­ple that we are deal­ing with but also for the young peo­ple. We don’t want to build a med­i­cal cen­tre that 10 years down the line is al­ready out­dated,’’ Becker said.

The cen­tre is go­ing to be built by an iwi trust on an old school site on Te Ore Ore Rd near State High­way 2 in the sub­urb of Lans­downe.

Ran­gi­tane post set­tle­ment gover­nance en­tity Ran­gi­tane Tu Mai Ra Trust will be the land­lord for the cen­tre. Trust tran­si­tion man­ager Ron­ald Karaitiana said they are ex­cited to be em­bark­ing on this com­mer­cial pro­ject.

‘‘It’s a great com­mer­cial op­por­tu­nity for Ran­gi­tane mov­ing for­ward. Cer­tainly Master­ton Medi- cal has their own ethos around how they want to have that build­ing and how it’s go­ing to meet the needs of that com­mu­nity. We’re really happy and ex­cited the com­ing build,’’ he said.

The land is still un­der own­er­ship of the Of­fice of Treaty Set­tle­ments which has agreed to re­lease the land to the Trust so that they can move for­ward with the de­vel­op­ment.

This green fields site at the old Lans­downe School is to be the new home of Master­ton Med­i­cal.

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