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Work underway to determine future for primary maternity facilities in Central Otago/ Wanaka

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Southern DHB is inviting feedback about the future configuration of primary maternity facilities in the fast-growing Central Otago/ Wanaka area.

Southern DHB Executive Director Strategy, Primary & Community Lisa Gestro says that determining the best configuration of primary birthing facilities in the Central Otago/ Wanaka area has been the subject of a lot of discussion in recent years.

“This is an important issue for our community and we want to come up with the best possible solution. While we have a good understanding of the issues involved, we are very keen to listen to the community in a structured way and get this process right.”

The need to consider the best location for primary maternity facilities in the Central Otago/ Wanaka area was highlighted in the DHB’s district-wide Integrated Primary Maternity System of Care, in light of the area’s rapidly growing population.

Mrs Gestro says Southern DHB and the newly formed Central Lakes Locality Network will work with interested parties  to develop options that they will then seek feedback on.

A range of meetings are being held with key stakeholders this month and public feedback can also be provided through a form on the website: The site, which includes background information and frequently-asked questions, will be updated throughout the process, and members of the public can register to receive updates.

“We expect to propose some options by Easter and make decisions around the middle of the year. However, it is important we take the time that is needed to ensure the outcomes are the right ones for women and families.”