Northern Outlook : March 8th 2014
TRUCKING ON Legacy revised P7 Saturday, March 8, 2014 ‘LORD’ HALES Lawyer to retire P2 NOR TH CANTER BUR Y’S BEST READ COMMUNIT Y NEWSPAPER REBUILDING LIVES Family returns P3 on the Rangiora health hub on Wednesday night were told the numbers for an after-hours doctor service ‘‘do not stack up’’. ‘‘One of the worst things you could do is to fund something with low demand,’’ Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) chief executive David Meates told them. Most of the two-hourmeeting was spent debating the viability of an after-hours clinic for the region, but the audience learned construction of the hub would start in July. Mr Meates said the phone triage and Service ‘unviable’ A By CATE BROUGHTON BOUT 80 North Canterbury residents attending a tense meeting paramedics after-hours model was the envy of most other rural communities in New Zealand. The phone triage service, accessed by calling surgeries after hours, had received 946 calls between 6pm and 8am in the six months from August 2013 to January 2014 He praised the paramedic service and said he would prefer to be treated by a paramedic than a general practitioner in an emergency, because that was what they were trained for. Paramedics received 145 callouts in the six month period. Of those, 66 people had been assessed and treated by a paramedic, 42 had been transferred to the Christchurch emergency department and 36 had been transferred to the 24 hour surgery. To establish a 24-hour doctor service in North Canterbury, large volumes of users would be required,MrMeates said. The 24-hour surgery in Bealey Avenue had 76,000 presentations per year. Mr Meates said just 11 people per day from North Canterbury used the surgery, but of those 40 per cent were people who worked in Christchurch and used it as their primary health service, instead of enrolling with a general practitioner. LabourMP Clayton Cosgrove CONTINUED Page 2 FOSSIL GOLD Heavy discovery P4 WEEKEND EDITION HEALTHHUB said this meant 4012 people used the surgery every year and that was evidence of a significant demand. The new health hub will compliment existing health services and be built in two phases, with the first to start in July, Mr Meates said. The first phase building will house a full primary maternity service and four to six beds which could be used for a range of needs, including post-surgery convalescence. The main services to be based at the hub will include community dental services, child, mother and baby, audiology, cardio-respiratory, older person’s health and public nurses. Additional services will offer newborn hearing tests, and FRONTING UP: Health board chief executive David Meates fronted the public meeting on Wednesday night. ALL EARS: An audience of about 80 residents attended the meeting at Rangiora Baptist Church.
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