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December 17, 2013

Full access to health care in Reefton over holiday period

The Reefton community can be assured that over the Christmas and January holiday period people will be able to access health services in their own community.

West Coast DHB, Acting General Manager of Primary Care Karyn Kelly says, “From now until mid-April we will have a GP onsite for most days. We fully appreciate the community’s desire to have a full-time GP in Reefton and we are working with our partner Better Health to recruit a permanent GP from April 2014.

“In addition, Reefton Hospital is almost fully staffed with experienced registered nurses and by the middle of February we expect to be back to full staffing.

“Reefton is fortunate to be serviced by passionate, well-qualified nurses who work in Reefton because they want to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of the community. They work collaboratively with GPs to deliver outstanding health services.

“From mid-January the community can access a late clinic at the medical centre run by our Rural Nurse Specialists. This will enable better access to health care for workers who are unable to attend during normal working hours. The late clinic will be by appointment only - it is not a drop-in clinic.

“We are also looking forward to having a new graduate nurse next year for twelve months. This new graduate will have a six month placement with the district nursing team followed by a six month placement working in the medical centre as a practice nurse. This is a new placement for the Entry to Practice programme and reflects our focus on developing a robust community-based service with well supported and competent nursing teams.

“Our Rural Nurse Specialists also provide all the after hours on call to the hospital for any acute illness or injury and a Primary Response in Medical Emergencies service (PRIME) on a 24/7 basis supporting the St John Ambulance service. This will ensure that the GP will be able to focus on complex presentations during the week.

“We will keep the community updated on our efforts to recruit a permanent GP to Reefton”, says Karyn Kelly.

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For more information please contact:

Louise McLean
PA to Director of Nursing & Midwifery and Acting GM Hospital Services
t: (03) 769 7887
Corporate Office | West Coast District Health Board | Grey Base Hospital, PO Box 387, Greymouth 7840

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