The proposed integrated family health centre in Feilding is at least six months away.
Details around the ownership of the land and buildings at the site are being debated by MidCentral District Health Board and the Ministry of Health, Central PHO general manager Joe Howells said.
Once that has been dealt with, a six-month construction programme is planned to transform the former site of maternity and aged care services.
Once complete, four general practices would move into the site under one organisation, with a combined roll of about 17,000 patients.
The site would also have a pharmacy, physio and radiology in a facility similar to the integrated health centre that has operated in Levin for several years.
While waiting for their new premises to open, the practices would work with the PHO to develop new models of care and integrate them, Mr Howells said.
The centre would mean more efficient, effective and proactive healthcare for patients, he said.
Previously, a patient who rang their doctor with flu-like systems would get an appointment with their GP and then be sent for blood tests, Mr Howells said.
Under an integrated health centre system that same patient would have their call passed on to a nurse who would be able to see on their computer that the patient's children were behind on their immunisations, for example.
The nurse could then book the patient in for blood tests before their appointment with their GP and schedule the children for immunisations at the same time, he said.
- Manawatu Standard
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