Innovation key for rural health service delivery

Monday, August 8, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said flexibility and innovation at a local level were key for rural hospitals like Dunstan, in Central Otago, as they continued to provide health services to their communities.

“The delivery of rural health services is challenging, but smaller hospitals like Dunstan are meeting their targets by being proactive and open-minded.

“Over the past year I’ve had several meetings with the board and management of Dunstan Hospital and they remain upbeat and positive about the future, given the challenges that they’re facing.

“I believe that Central Otago people can be confident about the delivery of health services in their area.”

Mrs Dean said she continued to have an on-going interest in rural health delivery.

“I want what’s best for the people of the Waitaki Electorate and that means ensuring rural hospitals find ways to continue to operate efficiently and effectively.

“A visit to Clutha Health first in Balclutha last week, highlighted to me how effectively small rural hospitals can operate.

“Clutha Health has a patient-centred focus and has come up with several innovative ways of integrating primary and secondary health care to reduce patient travel outside the area, save people time and cut health costs.

“It’s notable that both Clutha Health and Dunstan Hospital have a proactive attitude, looking at how they can deliver services to patients in different, more cost-effective ways, and they also take their proactive approach to the table when dealing with the Southern District Health Board." 


Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru