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'Health on Main' on the move

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Three health organisations and Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance are moving to a shared site to provide a more connected service to the community.

Four entities, MidCentral DHB Public Health Services and Child Health Service, THINK Hauora, Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance and Manawatu Horowhenua Tararua Diabetes Trust, will move from Main Street into the former RSA premises at 200 Broadway Avenue.
THINK Hauora Chief Executive Chiquita Hansen says “Our move will ensure continuity and provide a seamless transition for our community who access the health and wellbeing services we offer”.
The new premises, part refit and part new build, has functional spaces for customers, clients, clinicians and kaimahi that are welcoming including private reception areas and onsite visitor parking at the door.
Health on Main services, such as child health immunisations, self management sessions for people living with long term conditions, podiatry, mental health, nutrition and clinical exercise services will all cease on Thursday 12 December. These will resume at the Broadway Avenue site from Tuesday 17 December and no disruption to planned clinical appointments is expected.
MidCentral DHB’s Debbie Davies, Operations Exective, Primary, Public and Community Health, says the move will see the DHB’s Public Health Service relocate from Palmerston North Hospital campus to the Broadway Ave building.
“Having all of these organisations under the same roof will only strengthen the connection and knowledge sharing required to place the people in our communities at the centre of everything we do.” “We look forward to working even closer to our primary care and Whānau Ora colleagues in the best interest of the people we serve in the community.”
Te Tihi o Ruahine o Whānau Ora Upoko Whakarae, Chief Executuive, Materoa Mar says “We are excited and pleased to be moving to new premises and continue to build our relationships with all our neighbours. Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance embraces and applies a whānau-centred whānau-led lens to all our mahi”.
A formal whakatuwheratanga, dawn ceremony, will be performed on Monday 2 December to prepare the site for staff and services. The ceremony will be led by Rangitane and local Māori leaders.
SupportLinks staff currently based at Health on Main will relocate to Rata House, in the Community Health Village at Palmerston North Hospital.
Facts and figures:
  • The new premises are an amalgamation of an existing refurbished building, a complete new build and the refit of Te Kāhui Hauora ki Rangitāne, the entrance carvings from Health on Main.
  • The site will feature seven clinical rooms. All clinic rooms for general public are situated on the ground floor. Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance, Diabetes Trust, and the MidCentral DHB Child Health Service will be located on the ground floor. THINK Hauora and MidCentral DHB Public Health Services will be located across both the ground floor and the first floor.
  • The site includes rooms fitted with satellite and radio phones for emergency coordination across general practice and primary care and across public health.
  • Shared spaces will allow for extensive use of video conferencing facilities with 12 rooms set up with video systems and three rooms fitted with ceiling-mounted speakers.
  • The general public reception area is private with no staff thoroughfare.

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