By ROBYN BRISTOW
Changes are being proposed for health services in the Hurunui district.
A new Model of Care will be rolled out at a series of community information sessions where proposals from the Hurunui Health Services Development Group (HHSDG) will be outlined.
The group, facilitated by Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN), was formed in 2015 with the aim of supporting rural communities to lead the redesign of health and social services across the Hurunui district, in particular how services are delivered and accessed.
Changes recommended as part of the proposed Model of Care include:
Enhancements to existing services, including after-hours and community nursing services;
The implementation of new services to support existing services;
Closer collaboration between health providers across the district;
Improved technology to support access to services, such as a shared patient record and telemedicine (consultations/assessments delivered via video);
A new set of guidelines developed which outline the best methods for caring for patients, ensuring consistent and co-ordinated care.
Hurunui’s deputy mayor, Marie Black, who is chairwoman of the HHSDG, says the Hurunui has its own unique health service challenges.
“Exploring those now is an important step in safeguarding the sustainability of our health services, and ensuring our community has access to the best possible health care within the funding available.
“It’s essential that the new model best meets your needs, your whanau’s needs and those of the wider Hurunui community, which is why your comment and contribution is crucial to getting this model right,” she says.
The public are invited to attend any of the forums, which will provide a chance to meet HHSDG members, find out more about the proposals, and have questions answered.
Refreshments will be provided at the sessions, to be held:
Friday, December 1, 10-11am, at Tuahiwi Marae, 219 Tuahiwi Road, Tuahiwi;
Friday, December 8, 10-11am, Knox Presbyterian Church and Hall, 13 Reeve Street, Cheviot;
Friday, December 8, 1-2pm, Waikari Memorial Hall, 99 Princes Street, Waikari;
Friday, December 8, 3-4pm St John Hall, Carters Road, Amberley;
Wednesday, December 13, 1.30-2.30pm, Hanmer Springs Memorial Hall, 1 Jollies Pass Road, Hanmer Springs;
Wednesday, December 13, 3.30-4.30pm, Rotherham Hall, 19 Heaton Street, Rotherham.
Wednesday, December 13, 7-8pm, Glenmark Pavilion, Church Road and Glenmark Drive, Waipara.
For more information about the proposed Model of Care or to download the information booklet, visit www.ccn.health.nz.
Booklets will also be made available at local health centres and council service centres.