Waitakere Hospital

Waitakere Hospital

Waitakere Hospital is a new general hospital in the Henderson/Lincoln suburb area of Waitakere City, part of the Auckland area of New Zealand. It is administered by the Waitemata District Health Board and serves the Waitakere and Kaipara populations. Opened in 2005, it has 76 medical beds and 6 coronary care beds, a maternity unit and a surgical unit with 2 operating theatres. The hospital's emergency centre is currently not a 24/7 facility, [ [http://www.waitematadhb.govt.nz/SecondaryHealthServices/WaitakereHospital/tabid/60/Default.aspx Waitakere Hospital] (official hospital website of the district health board)] and urgent cases are referred to North Shore Hospital during the night hours. [" [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/organisation/story.cfm?o_id=236&objectid=10395110 Full West Auckland emergency health service in doubt] " - "The New Zealand Herald", Tuesday 08 August 2006]

HealthWest, a private primary health provider, was as of 2006 in negotiations with the hospital to be allowed to provide fee-paying patients with medical services in the hospital. While this proposed measure did not go forward as of mid 2007, it highlighted the fact that even after the NZ$60 million upgrading to general hospital status, the facility was still facing shortages, like many other public health facilities in New Zealand. [" [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=10395492 Waitakere patients face fees] " - "The New Zealand Herald", Thursday 10 August 2006] In the first five months of 2008, the emergency department of the hospital was forced into partial closure 52 times, and has still not officially become a 24/7 facility. This is being blamed on short-staffing and financial constraints of the District Health Board." [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10524688 Hospital emergency department in 'crisis'] " - "The New Zealand Herald", Friday 01 August 2008]


External links

* [http://www.waitematadhb.govt.nz Waitemata District Health Board] (official body responsible for the hospital)

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