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Maternity Service Looking Forward

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MidCentral District Health Board’s maternity service is looking forward, building a new model of care to best serve women and babies of the district.


Speaking today, Mike Grant, General Manager Clinical Services and Transformation said:  “We are about creating the best services for women and babies of our district, and for all working in the maternity arena.

“The findings of the maternity service review provide guidance to us as to the way forward.  An initial work programme has been agreed to ensure all recommendations are fully implemented. 

"Over coming weeks we will be meeting with consumers, Iwi, Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs), plus a wide range of groups and staff to discuss the review findings and the way forward. Feedback and ideas put forward from these meetings will be incorporated into this work programme.  The initial focus will be strengthening the leadership structure, and then we will be engaging with clinical staff (including LMCs) and consumers on the model of care.

“While it is never nice to receive findings like those in the review, the DHB is focused on delivering its newly developed strategic direction.  The timing to make the significant changes required is opportune. Our last strategic plan covered the period 2005 to 2015 and involved investment in 10 priority areas.  It is time to set the direction for the next decade, reflecting changes in the health and social sector environment.

“As an organisation our focus will be on:

• achieving quality and excellence through a clearly structured programme
• partnering with people and whanau in what services are provided, where and how, and supporting people with their own health and wellbeing
• connecting and transforming primary, community and specialist health care, and
• ensuring all parts of our community enjoy the same health status.”
Chief Executive Kathryn Cook said: “Our maternity service will benefit from these wider organisational approaches, based on past successes, achievements and learnings, and using new and emerging technology and research to benefit our communities.  An internal culture change programme will be a core part. We want to be known for being compassionate, respectful, courageous and accountable.

“I am here to ensure we will be making a difference and we have systems in place to ensure our services are performing well.  We know things can be improved and the approach we are taking is based on working openly with others, and quality improvement.”
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