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HBDHB tenders some elective services


16 January 2008

HBDHB calling for tenders from other hospitals to provide some elective services

Following public consultation, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) has decided to go ahead with plans to access additional funding for elective services, by calling for tenders from hospitals and health providers located within four hours drive of Hastings.

Acting chief executive officer, Dr Win Bennett said HBDHB had an opportunity to access additional funding, and wanted to ensure as many Hawke’s Bay people as possible will have access to elective surgery, procedures and appointments with specialist doctors.

“Hawke’s Bay Hospital is operating at capacity and simply doesn’t have the facilities or resources to provide all the additional elective services for which we can access funding for,” Dr Bennett said.

Details about the tender are available on HBDHB’s website www.hawkesbaydhb.govt.nz
Tenders close at 8:00am on Monday 11 February 2008.

The elective services being tendered include some general surgery, ear nose and throat surgery, orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology and colonoscopies.

In addition to the open tender process, the DHB’s Audit & Finance committee (delegated by the Board) resolved at a special meeting in December, to enter negotiations with Wakefield Health, who operate Royston Hospital, to provide some additional elective services. Board chair Kevin Atkinson said it made sense for the DHB to secure some additional elective services locally.

It is likely the additional elective services (specialist assessments, surgery and procedures and post-operative check ups) will be offered to people on the waiting lists towards the end of February.

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