Plans for much needed health center in HoroWhenua

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Plans for a new health center in Levin, 15-23 Durham St.

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Plans for a new health center in Levin, 15-23 Durham St.

A new health center location in Levin has been secured in the hopes that the planned complex will reduce waiting times to see a doctor and meet the needs of the growing town.

HoroWhenua District Council is selling a property in Levin under an agreement to use the land to develop a primary health care facility.

HoroWhenua Company, a subsidiary owned by HoroWhenua New Zealand Trust, will take over ownership of the now vacant 15-23 Durham St.

Trust chairman Antony Young said the new facility should allow for the growth the area experienced.

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“Our shared vision is to build a modern, multi-purpose health and wellness center that meets the healthcare needs of our community today, in line with the growth of the future.”

Planning discussions were held with MidCentral DHB, the Muaūpoko Tribal Authority and local health providers to ensure the vision could be supported.

Catriona McKay, CEO of HoroWhenua Company, said the plans are in the early stages and many of the details still need to be worked out.

“While we don’t want to outdo ourselves, we look forward to working with community representatives to design and build a facility that we can all be proud of.

“The community can expect to see a facility that addresses a range of essential health care needs. Everyone understands the enormity of this project and its importance to our society.”

An advisory group will be set up to provide input to the business rationale, with the hope that developments can begin by the end of March 2022.

Construction of the facility was expected to take 18 months, so it could be put into service by the end of 2023 or early 2024.

Mayor Bernie Wanden said the municipality's decision to sell the land for the development of a modern health and well-being facility was unanimous.  (File image)


Mayor Bernie Wanden said the municipality’s decision to sell the land for the development of a modern health and well-being facility was unanimous. (File image)

McKay said The HoroWhenua Company’s role is to make sure the center is built and fit for its purpose of serving the community.

“We see ourselves as facilitators and facilitators rather than predicting what will happen.”

Di Rump, head of the Muaūpoko Tribal Authority, said there is a holistic view of health in te ao Māori.

“It is important to consider the physical as well as the mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of people.”

Access to primary health care has been challenging worldwide, according to information from Tuesday’s meeting of the MidCentral DHB Health and Disability Advisory Committee. area, especially in HoroWhenua.

Announcing an additional 300 MIQ positions each month for migrant health and disability sector workers could help with the GP shortage.

Five practitioners are interested in moving to HoroWhenua and Ōtaki by the end of January 2022 if their application is approved.

According to the Think Hauora website, none of the six health clinics in HoroWhenua were accepting registrations. If someone in the area wanted to enroll in a GP, the closest was in Palmerston North.

HoroWhenua mayor Bernie Wanden said they want to have local, affordable healthcare services that are flexible, responsive and adaptable to meet residents’ needs.

He said that the council’s decision to sell the land was taken unanimously.

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