Rural health services in the Bay of Plenty
As a District Health Board, we look after a diverse population spread across a large geographic area. Getting health care services to the people of our community is an important priority for us. For this reason we provide clinic services, Telehealth, Travel assistance and telemedicine to some rural and remote areas.
Telehealth - extending the way we deliver health care
If you live in a rural area within the Bay of Plenty catchment area, for example in Opotiki and surrounding areas, or Te Kaha and the East Cape you may be able to gain access to a doctor, or hospital level medical advice through telehealth. Telehealth is where a patient video-chats with a doctor in another location.
Whanau a Apanui Community Health -
"Healthy Communities on the Coast"
"Te Oranga Whanau mai I te Taumata o Apanui ki Potikirua"
As a District Health Board we provide rural health services from an inpatient facility in Opotiki. This rural hospital has a small number of GP beds and two maternity beds. In addition, outpatient clinics are held with visiting specialists and there is an afterhours nursing service.
In addition, the Te Kaha General Practice provides a comprehensive community service including several Outreach clinics from Maraenui to Cape Runaway. Te Kaha is a teaching practice with links to the Bay of Plenty DHB's Medical School.
To access these services you can contact Te Kaha Medical Centre on 07 325 2803 between the hours of 8am - 5.00pm Mon to Friday. After hours ring: Opotiki Hospital 07 315 8500. They will contact on-call staff.
Te Whanau a Apanui Community Health provides GP and nurse led clinics for a 150km section of coastline, as well as 111 emergency services after hours, at weekends and public holidays by nursing staff.