No primary birthing unit for Wanaka

Wanaka. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

Southern DHB has released its long-awaited final plan for its Integrated Primary Maternity System of Care today (Friday, August 10), with Wanaka missing out on a primary birthing unit.

In the plan, a maternal and child hub will be developed in Wanaka. It will be a non-birthing unit - except in urgent situations - designed to better support antenatal and postnatal care, and provide greater infrastructure support for LMC midwives. Maternal and child hubs will also be set up in Te Anau, Lumsden, Tuatapere and Ranfurly.

Primary birthing units will be located at Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown, Gore Health, Oamaru Hospital, Clutha Health First in Balclutha, Winton Maternity Centre and at Alexandra’s Charlotte Jean Maternity Hospital.

Birthing units also continue alongside secondary and tertiary maternity services at Dunedin and Southland hospitals. The feasibility of a primary birthing unit in Dunedin will also be considered.

Investigation into the best long-term location of a primary birthing unit in Central Otago is ongoing.

Throughout the Southern district maternity system, there will be eight birthing units and five primary maternal and child hubs to support women and their babies, working with other complementary community and primary care services.

Pictured: Wanaka. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

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