Doctors and nurses work hard for Rotorua patients and mothers

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rotorua MP Todd McClay says announcements by the Lakes District Health board are good news for local patients and mums, and recognises the fantastic work of doctors and nurses in the DHB area. Patients are receiving their first surgical assessments much faster than ten years ago and Dental Treatment for Pregnant Mothers will be free.

“Speeding up patients’ access to their first surgical assessments has been a priority for the Government. Last year a record 8,678 patients in the Lakes District received their first surgical assessment, an increase of 20 per cent in six years. Nationally, in 2005 there were 33,000 patients across New Zealand waiting over six months for a specialist assessment or surgery, now there are just 35.

“We have set clear targets to reduce wait times and increase the number of first surgical assessments and these results show local people are benefiting from targets being met.

“These results are a credit to Rotorua’s health professionals, and show health services continue to improve for New Zealand families as a result of National’s $460 million investment (take out in new money) into the health budget each year,” says Mr McClay.

News that pregnant women in Rotorua are being offered free dental services, in a bid to improve the oral health of their children, is also good for local people. A trial programme is currently being run by the DHB, is available for community service card holders after a referral from a doctor.

“The trial will target high needs pregnant mothers before pregnancy and will ensure that their own and their child’s dental health needs are being looked after. This will provide long term benefits for both mother and child.

“I congratulate the Lakes DHB on both of these announcements. This good news will mean Rotorua people are getting the best possible healthcare at their local hospitals and GPs”