International praise of Waikato District Health Board’s hospitals and services has strengthened partnerships.
Visitors from Providence Health Care in Vancouver Canada, included David Byres (executive vice president Clinical Integration & Renewal), Dr Nardia Strydom (department head Family Practice), and Darlene MacKinnon (chief clinical planner) toured Waikato DHB community and secondary base services as part of research for a brand new facility they are looking build.
They were granted funding by the Fraser Health Authority and the Canadian Ministry of Health to build a new facility on a “green field” site. Part of the rebuild will include their private hospital St Paul’s, an acute care, teaching and research hospital located in downtown Vancouver.
The newly built parts of Waikato Hospital were of special interest as the visitors looked for ideas in how to incorporate functionality, technology and design into their new hospital.
“The whole trip has been fantastic. We have seen a different way of doing work, especially in the ways Waikato services work with the community through primary care.”
“Examples of that are the birthing centres. We don’t have anything like that. We have seen something of what you have done in your rebuilds. Emergency department diversion and the use of the 24/7 primary care like Anglesea and the PHOs, we don’t have that structure.”
Canada follows a model similar to Australia’s Medicare and allows patients free access to general practice, something New Zealand continues to debate.