Whanganui and MidCentral DHBsFriday 06 July 2012, 4:34PM
Media release from Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs
Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards have directed
their clinicians and management to draw up a development plan and
specifications for the Regional Women's Health Service
Last month, both boards resolved to support the Regional Women's
Health Service with secondary maternity and gynaecology services
provided by MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) at both
Wanganui and Palmerston North hospitals.
The resolution passed by the boards provides a framework for the
development plan including detailed specifications for the service
across the two districts. This plan will include 24 hour/seven days
a week specialist services provided by DHB-employed consultant
obstetricians and gynaecologists.
WDHB and MDHB chief executives Julie Patterson and Murray Georgel
say not only does the DHBs' resolution drive the development plan
but it also provides the Terms of Reference for the boards'
clinical and management staff.
Ideally, Mrs Patterson and Mr Georgel want the development plan
signed off by the end of this year. They agree it will benefit from
further expert advice which they intend to access through a series
Mr Georgel says it's envisaged that women's health consumers, Maori
and Pacific communities and health professionals, maternity service
providers, primary care providers and Allied Health staff will be
among those invited to participate in the workshops set to begin in
WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson says she's delighted the two
boards have committed to extending the regional service. She is
confident that this will lead to improved patient services and,
that it will help to mitigate the risks that the DHBs, and
particularly Whanganui, face with regards to their workforce.
"As the resolution states, development of the plan includes an
agreed process for engagement with all the health professionals who
are involved in this service. Importantly, the two boards have
agreed that we will have equal input into the development of the
plan which, all going well, will be agreed to before the end of
this year," Mrs Patterson says. "We anticipate that the new
Regional Women's Health Service will take effect from 1 July next
"The collaborative way in which this plan is being developed is
something I believe we can all celebrate.
As well as ensuring we have a managed transition to the RWHS
governance and operational leadership teams the clinicians and
management are committed to ensuring our stakeholders are kept well
informed about the development plan process and the key decisions
being made along the way."