Three Tokoroa medical centres will move to a new primary care space at Tokoroa Hospital in early 2013 to improve the health of those in the region.
Tokoroa Primary Care, Medicentre and Caldwell and Simpson's co-location will be the first positive step in making sure patients receive good quality health care services now and in the future," Midlands Health Network chief executive John Macaskill-Smith said.
Waikato DHB, Midlands Health Network, South Waikato District Council and Raukawa Charitable Trust worked with community groups and the wider public to review the current capacity of health services in South Waikato.
Mr Macaskill-Smith said it was of huge collective concern that the health status of people living in Tokoroa was currently the poorest in the Waikato DHB district, and was poorer for Māori and Pacific Island people.
Further complicating things is an ageing workforce, an ageing population, and ongoing difficulties in recruiting doctors to the region.
He said the new space at the hospital would create an environment that better serviced patient needs and was more attractive for staff to work in.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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