Vanessa van Uden
The Southern District Health Board will today be asked to
endorse the development of a health campus at the Lakes
District Hospital site in Queenstown, designed to meet the
future needs of the resort.
The board will discuss the report prepared by DHB planning
and funding executive director Sandra Boardman at its meeting
The report said investigations were under way to transform
the Lakes District Hospital site into a ''comprehensive
health campus'', and the board was being asked to endorse
management seeking approval from the Minister of Health for
the establishment of a public-private partnership on Crown
In 2009, the Otago Daily Times reported the Government was
advocating a public-private partnership deal for Lakes
District Hospital, and at that time it was reported health
insurer Southern Cross or Ngai Tahu were potential partners.
Today, the board will be asked to discuss with Southern Cross
the level of fixed costs the DHB would accept to support a
surgical facility on site; and to endorse the development of
a health campus for the resort, ''irrespective of Southern
Wakatipu Health Reference Group chairwoman and Queenstown
Lakes mayor Vanessa van Uden said the recommendations were
''a step in the right direction''.
''There are no signed pieces of paper, but it's really
encouraging it [the DHB] is demonstrating a commitment to
[progressing the project].
The report said the transformation into a health campus would
require capital investment, not just for new facilities.
It estimated the cost of ''backlog maintenance'' was $2.5
million and the cost of bringing the facility up to present
building code compliance was likely to be the same as the
cost of a new facility.
A 2014 health profile found by 2034 there was likely to be a
36% population increase in the resort - from 19,400 to 26,400
- the highest projected increase in the Southern DHB area.
The projected increase in people aged 45 and over would
increase demand for healthcare services for older residents.
That demand was likely to include palliative care, home and
community support services, age-related residential care and
The report to the DHB said Bupa - an international healthcare
group - had shown an interest in expanding the rest-home,
hospital and respite carer support services and the future
development of dementia care.
Consolidating primary and community services for children on
a single health campus would provide a ''one-stop shop'' for
families, help with peer support for practitioners working
with children and encourage co-location of social services.
Investigations were under way into integrating community
mental health facilities at the site.
Also being investigated are options for elective surgery done
through the public-private partnership.