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July 4, 2012
West Coast DHB working closely with Canterbury DHB to provide orthopaedic services
The West Coast DHB is working more closely with Canterbury DHB to provide comprehensive orthopaedic services to the West Coast community as part of a transalpine approach to providing sustainable services for the West Coast.
West Coast DHB chief executive, David Meates says, the West Coast DHB faces a number of challenges to ensure West Coasters enjoy a clinically sustainable and financially viable health system now and in the future.
“To meet these challenges we have identified regional collaboration as one of our health priorities. Specifically, this means working more closely with the Canterbury DHB to provide greater certainty for planning and delivering health services,” Mr Meates says.
Orthopaedic services on the West Coast including outpatient clinics and orthopaedic operations, such as hip replacements, will be provided by both West Coast and Canterbury orthopaedic surgeons.
Unplanned acute orthopaedic services will be coordinated by the CDHB Acute Admitting Service as the first point of contact. If the person’s injury requires immediate treatment, there will be an orthopaedic surgeon available in Greymouth for emergencies.
Most orthopaedic trauma is not immediately life threatening and many procedures are better deferred and carried out when swelling has resolved and conditions are ideal. In these situations, people will be admitted to Grey Hospital and reviewed the next day, with their surgery planned for an appropriate time. Acute orthopaedic cases will be discussed daily at the Christchurch Public Hospital trauma meeting, involving West Coast orthopaedic staff through telehealth videoconferencing.
There will be short periods in any week where senior generalist doctors, rather than orthopaedic surgeons, will be providing the on-site backup in Greymouth. On the rare occasions that a need for immediate surgery coincides with these times, the person will be transferred to Christchurch for treatment.
“Although internal processes have changed, West Coasters can be assured of high quality orthopaedic services,” Mr Meates says.
”We will continually evaluate this new way of working and make any changes to the process identified through staff and other feedback. The way the service has been functioning will be reviewed after three months.
“Maintaining safe, high quality sustainable orthopaedic services to the people of the West Coast is our key priority.”
For more information
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.