MP for Taupo Louise Upston has today visited the South Waikato Health Centre, accompanying Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall.
Waikato District Health Board (DHB) has invested over $2 million at the site. Previously unused wards have been transformed into a modern health centre with the general practice, pharmacy and other community health services co-locating to support the Tokoroa community.
“This will make a real difference in the Tokoroa community,” Louise said. “I know many of my constituents have been asking for an upgrade to health services at Tokoroa Hospital and I’m proud the Waikato DHB have worked with local stakeholders to make this happen.”
A number of health providers have been relocated to the centre, creating a health hub for the town. Two wards have now been leased to primary health and non-Government organisations as long-term tenants.
Three GP practices have leased another ward and the DHB’s blood collection service and amalgamated community pharmacies have moved from the town centre to the former hospital site. Independent midwives and other health and social service providers have also expressed interest in occupying remanding space at Tokoroa Hospital, which forms part of South Waikato Health Centre.
The project started with design work and tendering in April 2013, and tenants were open for services by 20 January 2014.
Upgrades to current rooms have improved facilities and changes to the layout of wards have been carried out to suit Midlands Health Network’s GP practice requirements.
Louise spoke with many centre users during today’s visit and said feedback on the upgrade has been positive.
Many members of the Tokoroa community have already been able to take advantage of the new facility, which will make a real difference to the health of people in the South Waikato,” Louise said.
“I would like to thank the leadership and wider-community support for their cooperation so these improvements could happen.”
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