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New initiative provides Otaki, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Tararua women quicker access to women’s surgical services

Quicker access to women's surgical services

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Some MidCentral District Health Board patients now have the option of receiving some women’s health surgical procedures sooner thanks to the shared regional women’s health service with Whanganui DHB.

​For the past year the two DHBs have been implementing a shared regional women’s health service. This development, led by Dr Ngan Kee, the Regional Women’s Health Clinical Director, has strengthened both hospitals’ ability to provide the health services women need in a timely way.

The joint service shares common quality standards and clinical processes with the credentialing, supervision and on-going professional development of the medical staff all under the management of Dr Ngan Kee and his team.

Dr Ngan Kee says: “One of the big advantages of working together across the two hospitals is that we can provide greater and more consistent support to our medical and nursing teams which means our patient’s access to general and specialist expertise is more readily available.
“Previously each hospital managed its waiting list for surgery independently. Now we can take advantage of spare theatre, surgeon and anaesthetist time available at Whanganui Hospital to offer some women patients the opportunity to have their surgery undertaken at Whanganui Hospital much sooner.
At least 150 women’s health patients waiting for surgery with MDHB can be accommodated at Whanganui Hospital over the next year.
Whanganui District Health Board Communications and Media Advisor Jannel Carter telephone (06) 348-1312; or MidCentral District Health Board Communications spokesperson Dennis Geddis (06) 350-8900.

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