29 Jul 2014

Group mulls East Coast health hub

6:48 am on 29 July 2014

A consultancy group is examining how long-term health services will be provided on the East Coast and where to base them.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, Ngati Porou Hauora and Tairawhiti District Health are working together to look at how they can be improved.

Tairawhiti District Health Board chief executive Jim Green said the organisations were aware there were opportunities to deliver better health outcomes.

Mr Green said people would be able to look at the group's proposals and provide feedback in August before the suggestions went to the three boards for consideration.

The chief executive of Ngati Porou Hauora, Rose Kahaki, said the review would examine how to create a community health hub that met the needs of East Coast communities.

She said the hub was likely to be at Te Puia Springs, but a feasibility study was required to confirm if that was the best option.