Health board ex­tends sub­mis­sion dead­line


The South­ern DHB has ex­tended the dead­line for sub­mis­sions to be made regarding the Pri­mary Ma­ter­nity Sys­tem of Care pro­posal un­til to­mor­row.

The pro­posal in­cludes down­grad­ing the Lums­den Ma­ter­nity Cen­tre from an in­pa­tient pri­mary birthing unit to a ‘‘ma­ter­nal and child hub’’ with no birthing fa­cil­i­ties and fewer post­na­tal care op­tions.

Another hub would be es­tab­lished at Te Anau, and Win­ton Ma­ter­nity Cen­tre would re­main open. Un­der the pro­posal, the south­ern dis­trict ma­ter­nity sys­tem will have eight birthing units and five pri­mary ma­ter­nal and child hubs to sup­port women and their ba­bies, work­ing with other com­ple­men­tary com­mu­nity and pri­mary care ser­vices.

The pro­posal has out­raged many in the com­mu­nity, some of whom held a march and pub­lic meet­ing in Lums­den to protest the changes to the cen­tre.

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the DHB’s strat­egy, pri­mary and com­mu­nity direc­torate, Lisa Ge­stro, said the time ex­ten­sion was be­cause of the ‘‘large amount of in­ter­est’’ in the pro­posal.

‘‘We are re­ceiv­ing many sub­mis­sions and we want to en­sure that ev­ery­one who wishes to make a con­tri­bu­tion has the op­por­tu­nity to do so.

‘‘We wel­come fur­ther in­put to help us to find the best pos­si­ble solution for the whole dis­trict.’’

Protestors marched last month against the down­grad­ing of the Lums­den Ma­ter­nity Cen­tre.

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