The Southern District Health Board is still vague on the goal
of transforming Lakes District Hospital into a health campus,
more than two years after such a move was recommended by the
National Health Board (NHB).
The SDHB yesterday said in a statement it was working through
the 21 NHB recommendations based on the ''clinical
priorities'' of Wakatipu residents to get the best use of
''We are continuing to work closely with the Wakatipu
reference group to ensure that every step of the way we are
making decisions which best serve the health needs of the
local community,'' the statement said.
''We look forward to being able to update the community in
the new year regarding the services and facilities that will
be provided to the area in due course.''
The SDHB declined to give further statements and did not
nominate a spokesperson for interview.
Chairwoman Vanessa van Uden said this week the Wakatipu
Health Reference Group was ''keeping the pressure'' on the
SDHB to install a CT scanner, or similar non-invasive
diagnostic service, in Lakes District Hospital.
The group, which includes a SDHB liaison person, has been
working with the DHB in terms of the whole campus development
of the Frankton hospital and the opportunities for different
diagnostic services within it.
The panel recommended the SDHB ''extends an open invitation
to appropriate health providers to relocate to the Lakes
District Hospital site, supporting the development of better
integration of care on a health campus.''
The panel said the board should encourage more service
integration, ''including sharing of resources, stronger
clinical engagement between Dunstan and Lakes District
Hospital and the development of clinical pathways and IT