Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Purpose-built medical centre for Horowhenua

Thursday 10 August 2017

Purpose-built medical centre to transform healthcare in Horowhenua

A new medical facility is planned for Levin following persistent growth in patient numbers at the Cambridge Street Medical Centre.

The owners of Cambridge Medical Centre briefed Horowhenua District Council on their plans to build a new health facility that will change the town’s gambit for long-term sustainability of its primary health care services.

Cambridge Street Medical Centre’s Clinical Leader Dr Bente Ongkiehong says in the last few years, the local primary care sector has been struggling to maintain the capacity of their general practitioner’s workforce at a sufficient level to keep up with demand.

“Currently, many local patients will already have experienced significant waiting times to get an appointment with their doctor. And, patient demand for medical services will accelerate as the population grows in line with new forecasts for the district. Alongside this, the effect of an aging population is pressure on services,” she says.

Dr Bente says “Levin, like so many provincial towns in New Zealand, finds it hard to attract skilled medical professionals, and this new facility will help us to better address this problem.”

“We aim to transform local healthcare by creating a modern future-proof facility that will meet the needs of current and future generations living in the Horowhenua. Enhancing the experience of the continuity of care of patients is part of this process.”

Dr Bente says “the project is firming up quickly. The new purpose-built medical centre will provide a range of key medical services in one place. This includes all the core primary care medical services: general practice, nursing and pharmacy. Also, it will have a dedicated skin cancer clinic and dedicate spaces for use by a range of different visiting specialists from the hospital. Further, it is intended to integrate allied health services such as physiotherapy in combination with a gym, and there are several flexible spaces for tenancy by other types of health services.

The current proposal is to build the facility on a block of land on Durham Street at the fringe of Levin’s town centre – Most of the block is Council-owned and used as a car park as well as the Jack Allen House. The new facility will improve the area. It includes a park-like pedestrian access route to the adjacent Levin Adventure Park. Along this route, there will be a cafe with seating on a public square.

The Centre’s Business Development Manager Hans Roberti says the key objective of the project is to create a superior work environment that is attractive and suitable for teaching and training of young health professionals.

“Our team is reaching out to attract the next generation of young health professionals to the area by providing internships of medical, nursing and allied health students and positions for registrars that want to built-up their experience in rural health. It is vital for the district primary care sector to strengthen its relations with the education programs that nurture the pools of young healthcare talent,” he says.

In addition, for any modern practice, it is important to quickly recognize changing needs in the population and respond to them. This can only be done in joint effort with other regional agencies involved. There is a good potential for the establishment of systematic research in the district through collaboration with government agencies and universities. Better relations with national research centers will allow us to innovate and ease the implementation of new knowledge, technology and insights into our operations at the front line of care. It will stimulate a conscious effort to continuously improve the quality of our model of care to our patients

The proposal has received letters of support from both the MidCentral District Health Board and the Central PHO. They acknowledge the urgency and need for this type of local initiatives. Already because of the high-needs, the Central PHO provides a higher level of specialist support for elderly people in Horowhenua than it does elsewhere in its jurisdiction.

Mr Roberti says, “the support of the community is essential for this type of project. We want this project to work for the community and are open to ideas or initiatives that will help us to further improve the plan.”

“We’re very conscious that our proposal will require the relocation of the Jack Allen House and the community and patient group services that use it. Therefore, we value the collaboration with the council to coordinate the communication with the community around the project.” “Dr Bente and I are grateful to Horowhenua District Council who has agreed to develop an alternative fit-for-purpose community hub to support the work of the NGO providers involved. We’ll do all we can to support the move, as we recognise the importance of the services they provide in our community,” he says.

Council Economic Development manager Shanon Grainger says Elected Members have indicated support for Council Officers to begin negotiations with the owners of Cambridge Street Medical Centre over the sale of the land.

“The process will take up to a month. Alongside this, Council will work with the NGOs operating from Jack Allen House to come up with a community solution that will help strengthen the social fabric of Horowhenua.”

All going to plan, construction will begin in early 2018, and the new facility will be operational by this time next year.

“Given the significance of the project, Council has assigned a Customer Development Officer to act as a single point of contact to liaise with Cambridge Street Medical Centre’s project team lead across the length of the consenting and construction period.”

Mr Grainger says “We anticipate large projects like this will become a regular feature of the Horowhenua economy.” the latest economic statistics and growth predictions all point to significant growth occurring in Horowhenua for the next few generations. “House builds are already at historically high levels; eventually our district and towns will be transformed.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election