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Ryall: BOP DHB Delivers More Frontline Health Services

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Tony Ryall
Tony Ryall

"In the past year the Bay of Plenty District Health Board increased frontline health services, and implemented a number of improvements in the way those services were delivered," says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Bay of Plenty DHB has received an extra $52 million in funding in the last two Budgets.

"The DHB achieved a financial result $447,000 better than budget while managing to treat more patients in their hospitals, including a 7% increase in emergency department (ED) attendances at Tauranga Hospital."

Also in the 2009/10 year, the DHB is reporting: 36,783 acute patients treated and discharged (34,025 in 2008/09) 62,961 emergency department attendances (59,399) 647,530 hours of home-based support for older people (461,995) 1,055,227 laboratory tests (700,000) 1,939 preschoolers received their Before School Health checks (new service).

A number of capital projects have been progressed, including: The new $25 million five storey Clinical Services building to incorporate an extended and upgraded Medical Day Stay Department and doubled ICU / CCU complex, due to be completed mid 2011. The upgrade and extension of the Emergency Department (ED) at Tauranga Hospital worth more than $3.5 million Designated a new DHB Tauranga Learning Centre providing additional space for the Clinical School. Upgrade works including power and steam reticulation have been completed in Whakatane as have upgrades to the air handling and cooling systems for the Whakatane Theatres.

"Bay of Plenty DHB staff are doing a good job providing more frontline services for local people," Mr Ryall says.

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