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March 15, 2012
Public meetings throughout the West Coast
Following the successful Community Health Expo held in Greymouth, the West Coast DHB is running a series of public meetings to discuss changes to the health system on the West Coast. People are invited to come along to share their ideas.
Dr Carol Atmore, Chief Medical Officer for the DHB will be leading the meetings which will update the public on the Better, Sooner, More Convenient changes that are designed to make the health system more clinically and financially sustainable.
Dr Atmore says, "We will be asking people if they could change one thing about healthcare on the Coast what would it be? This is a great opportunity for us to hear what services people want and how they want those services delivered."
The meetings will be held at:
Westport - Salvation Army Hall, Henley Street
Monday 19 March at 7pm
Reefton - conference room, Reefton Health
Tuesday 20 March 7pm
Hokitika - St John meeting room, Stafford Street
Wednesday 21 March 7pm
Greymouth - St John lecture room, Waterwalk Road
Thursday 22 March 2pm and 7pm
Franz Josef - Franz Medical Centre meeting room, Cron Street
Tuesday 27 March 7pm
Dr Atmore encourages everyone with an interest in the health system on the West Coast to come along to a meeting near them and hear about the DHB's plans for the future and to offer their thoughts and opinions.
For further information please contact
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
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.