Pov Bay cancer patients moving

Palmerston North Hospital will stop treating cancer patients from Poverty Bay next year.

Tairawhiti District Health Board has confirmed plans to move its cancer patients from Palmerston North to the Waikato Cancer Centre from July next year.

MidCentral DHB's Hospital Advisory Committee was informed of the decision at a meeting in Palmerston North yesterday.

The move has been approved by the Ministry of Health.

Patients will continue to be treated at Palmerston North until June, with staff at Palmerston North and Gisborne hospitals working with their counterparts in Hamilton during the handover.

The move comes two months after Palmerston North Hospital completed construction of its newest linear accelerator for cancer treatment. The $6 million project replaced the oldest linac machine at the hospital and the first patient was treated on October 1. It was the fourth modern linac to be built in recent years.

The Tairawhiti DHB area covers Gisborne and the Poverty Bay. Palmerston North Hospital will continue to take cancer patients from the Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, Taranaki, Whanganui DHBs as well as MidCentral.

MidCentral chief executive Murray Georgel told the meeting while there would be a drop in patients because of the move, any extra capacity at Palmerston North would be met by patients from other districts.

Manawatu Standard