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December 09, 2010
Health Assistance Offered To West Coast
West Coast healthcare providers have been receiving many offers of assistance and support following the tragedy at the Pike River Coal mine last month.
As the sad events of the mine explosion unfolded, the health system focus broadened to looking after its effects on the health and well-being of the whole West Coast community.
With the need for health support being ongoing, West Coast health service providers have taken advantage of some of the many offers of help made by healthcare workers from around the country. The majority of assistance has been received from the South Island, Canterbury in particular, although offers from as far afield as Wellington and Whitianga have been utilised.
Greymouth general practices have received assistance to ensure adequate GP and practice nurse cover until Christmas, to allow for the increase in demand that may eventuate as a result of the Pike River incident, and to relieve those practice staff that have been affected by the incident.
The West Coast PHO primary mental health team, which already has a long-term role in supporting the community, has also had staff numbers bolstered to cope with the increased demand for their services.
West Coast DHB Chief Medical Advisor, Dr Carol Atmore says the assistance offered has really been appreciated.
"It has been very reassuring to know that when we have identified additional requirements as a result of this tragedy, that there have been healthcare workers willing to offer their help in serving the people of the West Coast," Dr Atmore says.
For further information please contact
West Coast DHB Media Liaison Amy Milne
on (03) 364-4122,
Telehealth - Bringing Specialists to Rural Areas
News Release on One News, Saturday, 23rd March
The use of telemedicine on the West Coast is world leading and the DHB should be very proud of how well it works.
Lorelei Mason, health reporter for TVNZ, met with Liaison Paediatrician Dr John Garrett and filmed a story about the success of the Transalpine Paediatric Service. Lorelei shot footage of John in Christchurch talking to a family in Buller. There was also a TVNZ cameraman at Buller Health filming the family talking with John. The news item was aired on One News, Saturday 23 March 2013.
Work is underway on expanding the use of telemedicine across a range of other services at the West Coast DHB.