The Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health, paid a visit to MidCentral DHB today, with a tour of Palmerston North Hospital, and Enable New Zealand’s EASIE Living Centre.
The tour began in the hospital’s women’s health unit, which is undergoing a series of changes after a recent review of the service. The Minister praised the culture of the service.
He said: “There’s a very good feeling in the maternity ward. It was great talking to the staff, and they are very much looking forward to the future, and continuing to provide great services for women and families in the region.”
The Minister then took the time to view the medical oncology day ward, meet some of the patients who were in for treatment, and chat with the staff about the excellent work they do.
The hospital tour was rounded out with a visit to Ward 21, the acute mental inpatient unit. Both mental health and women’s health have had reviews recently, and the Minister was pleased with the progress that has been made.
He said: “There were a couple of high profile reviews undertaken here and it is clear that the DHB is very committed to moving forward. It was good to hear about the Mental Health Hui that was held earlier this month, which is around phase two of implementing the recommendations of the review, and is about looking outwards to the community.
“On the maternity side, they [MDHB] have taken those recommendations on board and it is very clear they are concentrating on building great links across the service, and very importantly between all of the providers, midwives, obstetricians, LMCs, that provide services to women and families across the region.”
The tour then moved to Enable New Zealand’s EASIE Living Centre on Main Street in Palmerston North. The centre displays exciting and innovative high and low tech living options for people with disabilities, and the elderly.
The centre is the first of its kind in the country, and showcases a range of innovations; giving people the opportunity to see/touch and try out different gadgets and equipment in a real life environment to see how these supports might work at their home.
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