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Hub to modernise services
Less travel will suit patients
By CATE BROUGHTON
NEWBORN: Andrea McDowell (with her daughter Miele Batchelor) transferred to Rangiora Hospital after giving birth at
Christchurch Hospital. Maternity services will be given a modern and more spacious environment in the new hub.
NEW HAT: Former director of nursing at
Christchurch Women's Hospital and Woodend
resident Michael McIlhone is CDHB project
specialist for the Rangiora health hub.
THE NEW Rangiora health hub will mean
fewer trips to Christchurch hospitals for
more North Cantabrians, says the man at
the helm of the project.
Services provided at Rangiora will be
expanded, while new services will mean
easier access for the region's residents, said
Canterbury District Health Board project
specialist Michael McIlhone.
The former director of nursing at Christ-
church Women's Hospital is a Woodend
resident and said he put his hand up for the
hub project when he first heard about it
I am very committed to the district --
and to the health board -- so it was a good
He is working with project management
company Impact on bringing the health hub
The health board has committed to build-
ing the new facility on the grounds of Rang-
iora Hospital but is uncertain how the exi-
sting hospital building will be used in
You would hope the building would be
used in some way -- it's earthquake safe --
but how much money do you want to put
into a facility that is really not meeting
current needs?'' Mr McIlhone said.
Services currently offered from the hos-
pital -- including maternity, mental health,
public nurses and convalescence -- will be
given a modern and more spacious environ-
ment in the hub.
The primary maternity unit, which
provides for births not requiring extra
intervention such as epidurals or
caesareans, has one midwife and one health
care assistant working per shift. This will
be expanded to provide two midwives each
shift and the unit will include birthing
pools and extra rooms for independent mid-
wives to conduct assessments.
The four convalescent beds at Rangiora
Hospital, traditionally used by those
recovering from surgery, may be
used for other purposes in the hub.
The increase in community
based nursing services meant
more people could convalesce in
their own homes, Mr McIlhone
About six mental health
staff were based at the hospital,
providing services for adults
and families out of the smaller
bedrooms on the top floor orig-
inally designed to accommodate
What we will be able to provide
is an environment where it is much
more sustainable to meet families,
to sit down with them in a com-
fortable environment, where
you are not squashed.''
Mr McIlhone believed
the capacity for mental
health services at the
hub will only grow''
along with the
who hold health
clinics in the
carry out vac-
and Meals on
Wheels will con-
tinue to offer their
services from the
nursing clinic already
operating from Ran-
giora Hospital could be
expanded so that
go there, instead of
New outpatient services will be
provided, but Mr McIlhone's job is to
work out which ones could be best
About 25,000 people from North
Canterbury currently access out-
patient services in Christchurch.
As a primary health facility, the
hub will offer services which don't
require specialist interventions, Mr
These could include a children's out-
patients medical clinic.
There might be a child who hasn't grown
as much as they should have, or they might
have a weight issue, so those are the types
of children that could go to the hub.''
Discussions are under way with clinical
directors, nurse managers and charge
nurse managers at Christchurch Hospital
about what services could be offered in
Another possibility is for a cervical
screening and colposcopy service.
Other health care providers such as home
nursing services could also be based at the
hub, he said.
I'm engaging with them to see how they
could work out of the facility.''
Mr McIlhone is not convinced it would be
necessary to provide x-ray and laboratory
services, as these are being well provided
for by a private clinics.
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