While progress on some National Health Board recommendations
may not be as great as anticipated, more outpatient services
are being offered at Queenstown's hospital and doctors are
more able to specialise, cutting the need for Wakatipu
patients to travel for healthcare.
This was the verdict of the Wakatipu Health Reference Group
in its annual report for 2012, released yesterday. The
six-member health watchdog group, chaired by Queenstown Lakes
Mayor and representative Vanessa van Uden, said ''significant
progress'' had been made on developing the concept of a
health campus for the Wakatipu on the Lakes District Hospital
site, as the National Health Board had proposed among its 21
recommendations in August 2011.
''In the near future, we will have a CT scanner located in
Dunstan,'' the report said.
''The location of a CT scanner at Dunstan will undeniably
provide a significant increase in service for the Wakatipu
community in terms of accessibility. As a group, we are
comfortable with this outcome and it is hoped that as part of
the campus development we will see even more availability of
imaging in the Wakatipu such as MRI and/or CT scanning,'' the
Ms van Uden said yesterday nine of the 21 recommendations had
been put into practice, and progress was being made with the
rest of them. Three of the recommendations urged integration
and the Southern District Health Board this year called for
expressions of interest from providers developing services at
Lakes District Hospital.
The DHB was working to introduce services and expand others
at the hospital with Southern Cross Hospitals, BUPA, the
Queenstown Medical Centre-Southern Cross primary care
partnership and Queenstown Pharmacy.