News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Better access for patients at Waitakere Hospital

15 August 2013

Better access for patients at Waitakere Hospital as services continue to expand

Hospital services for people living in west Auckland are expanding further with the opening of a new endoscopy suite at Waitakere Hospital this month.

The new suite, which will be officially opened today by Waitakere MP Paula Bennett, will enable Waitemata District Health Board to carry out more than 2000 additional endoscopy procedures, mainly comprised of gastroscopies and colonoscopies.

“Conditions diagnosed and treated through an endoscopic procedure can range from lung infections and pancreatic inflammation to various cancers such as bowel cancer,” says Dr Jonathan Christiansen, Waitemata DHB’s head of division (medicine and health of older people).

The new suite is the DHB’s fourth – and Waitakere Hospital’s second – endoscopy suite.

It complements the DHB’s BowelScreening Pilot, a four year programme to screen Waitemata residents aged 50 to 74 for bowel cancer, New Zealand’s second most common cancer. Diagnostic colonoscopy for those in the pilot is carried out in a dedicated endoscopy suite at Waitakere Hospital.

The first screening programme of its kind in New Zealand, the programme has to date picked up 75 cases of bowel cancer. The results from the pilot will be used by the Government to make a decision on rolling out a national screening programme for bowel cancer.

“The new endoscopy suite marks the continuation of our commitment to providing better access and improved health services to people living in west Auckland,” says Waitemata DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley.

He says the new suit will provide people living in west Auckland with better local access to endoscopy services, with reduced wait times.

“It will also ensure that Waitakere Hospital becomes an increasing hub for advanced endoscopy procedures.” The $850,000 suite is yet another addition to Waitakere Hospital’s range of facilities and services. Improvements made over recent years include the expansion of the Rangatira paediatric unit and the provision of round-the-clock emergency care at Waitakere Hospital.

Along with this, Waitemata DHB has also invested in a number of one-stop centres in west Auckland offering integrated DHB and primary care services in the community.

Among them include the New Lynn Integrated Family Health Centre, which was recently opened by Prime Minister John Key. Along with services such as a GP and pharmacy, the centre also houses co-located DHB child health services.

Co-located DHB services are also in Te Whanau O Waipareira’s Whanau House in Henderson.

“Having one centre with key services from both our DHB and our healthcare partners ensures that our communities can access any support they may require in one handy convenient location,” says Dr Bramley.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland