Options for the location of a new primary birthing unit in Central Otago have been released in preparation for a public meeting in Cromwell to gain community feedback.
The meeting will be held on Thursday 23 July, from 4pm, at Cromwell Presbyterian Church, 10 Elspeth Street, Cromwell, and the full Options Paper can be found at https://www.engage.southernhealth.nz/maternity
Southern DHB has worked alongside the Central Lakes Locality Network to engage with stakeholders and local communities to develop options to meet the need for primary birthing facilities.
Mary Cleary Lyons, General Manager, Primary and Population Health, Southern DHB said the public meeting will share feedback received from the public consultation so far, and present options around the configuration of maternity services in the area for people to consider.
During the consultation process, over 300 responses to an online form have been received, and meetings have been held with stakeholders including midwives, primary care, St John and Māori communities.
Participants were asked their views on the most important issues to consider when deciding on a location for a primary maternity facility, with the following priorities identified:
- 24/7 midwifery availability at birthing facilities
- Rapid access to urgent transport, especially a helicopter
- Equity of travel times and access to primary birthing facilities for all parts of the region
- Co-location with other health services
- Needs to take account of future population growth
- Quality of the whole pathway of maternal care
- Respectful treatment of Māori patients and whanau
- Charlotte Jean Maternity Hospital is highly valued by women and the community.