Mobile surgical services contract extended
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health
30 July 2015
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the renewal of the mobile surgical services contract will help ensure rural patients continue to receive the care they need.
“Delivering health services closer to home is a priority for the Government. The mobile surgical bus gives rural New Zealanders access to low risk elective surgery without having to travel to a city hospital,” says Dr Coleman.
“I welcome the renewal of the mobile surgical services contract for a further three years to mid-2018.
“To date approximately 20,000 New Zealanders have been treated on the mobile surgical bus, and health professionals have received over 45,000 hours of education.
“The contract renewal follows an independent review which found the service helps DHBs maintain patient waiting times and improves access to services for rural patients, particularly those with high health needs or who face barriers to accessing care.
“The review also found the professional development training provided to rural health professionals was relevant and engaging. The interactive digital video equipment enables collaboration with health professionals in other parts of the country and overseas.”
The mobile surgical bus visits 24 rural towns during a five week cycle. A range of services are provided from paediatric dentistry to colonoscopies and hernia repairs.
The review by Sapere Research was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to look at the impacts of mobile surgical services and rural professional development. The report can be found at: www.health.govt.nz/publications
Media contact: Kirsty Taylor-Doig 021 838 372
Last updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2015