Lakes District Hospital, Queenstown
Dr Jez Leftley
Regional Co-ordinator for Southland
Rural Medical Immersion Programme
Queenstown and surrounding medical facilities
Queenstown and its surrounding areas of Frankton and Kelvin Heights has a population of 10,416 with a small hospital at Frankton (Lakes District Hospital – 21 beds). Primary care teaching happens at Wanaka (population 9,780), and Gore (population 9,750), which also has a hospital of 20 beds. Queenstown is a well-known tourist area offering attractions such as bungy-jumping, white water rafting, skiing and much more. Wakatipu is the area that encompasses the boundaries of medical care for the Queenstown based students. The area is multicultural and has a seasonal transient population which sometimes results in more than 50% of patients who are seen being tourists or short term residents. Lakes District Hospital offers limited emergency and acute care and maternity services. Regional base secondary hospital services are one and a half hours away in Invercargill. Students in Queenstown are based at the Lakes District Hospital and at the main primary care practices in town and the surrounding areas.
Wakatipu Medical Centre
Wakatipu Medical Centre is a primary care facility located in Frankton, Queenstown. It has four doctors, five nurses, and General Practice Cornerstone Accreditation from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
Queenstown Medical Centre
Queenstown Medical Centre has a long association with the Otago Medical School, is involved in teaching senior medical students in the rural general practice setting, and also provides nursing students with community teaching placements. The practice in Arrowtown has been operating for many years and clinics are held Monday to Friday. All our doctors and nurses at Queenstown Medical Centre are committed to continuing their medical education. The education role has recently expanded to provide supervision for GP Registrars and Postgraduate Year Two Doctors. Queenstown Medical Centre joined the Wakatipu PHO in November 2004, has held an Aim For Excellence Accreditation since 2006, and is now one of the regional centres for Rural Medical Immersion Programme students.
Gore Health Ltd is responsible for providing and managing the delivery of health services at Gore Hospital. Our hospital is a twenty bed, community focused, primary care facility located in the rural community of Eastern Southland. Gore & Districts Health Incorporated have ownership of the hospital building and plant which they lease to Gore Health Ltd.
Currently about 21,000 people live in our service area and we employ around 80 staff to deliver a wide range of health services to our community. Approximately 40% of the population is over 45 years. This is a higher proportion than many other areas throughout New Zealand. It could be said we have an “aging population” and this is evidenced in many of the health services Gore Health Limited provides.
Ethnically, the majority of the population in our service area is made up of “New Zealand European” 87%, “Māori” 7%, and “Other” ethnic groups 6%.
Our base funding comes from the Southland District Health Board (SDHB) and we work with them to develop a funding contract that specifies the range and volumes of public health services to deliver to our community. We also have a number of private contracts which provide us with additional revenue. These include:
- ACC non acute rehabilitation-inpatient care
- ACC home-based community nursing
- ACC social rehabilitation assessment services
- ACC training for independence
- Occupational therapy services West Otago Health
Gore Health Ltd is committed to providing a high quality, patient focused, health care service at Gore Hospital. We are continually making every effort to improve the quality of our services. We strive to deliver a service that satisfies the needs and expectations of our patients, and complies with standards, codes, regulations and contracts. We are working to develop policies and procedures to maintain a quality management system that will enable us to provide health care efficiently and effectively.
Gore Health recognises the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand and acknowledges the special relationship between Māori and the Crown under the Treaty and Gore Health obligations as defined in the New Zealand Public Health and Disabilities Act 2000.
The Gore District is located at the south end of the South Island, New Zealand. By road it is 150km south west of Dunedin and 60km north east of Invercargill, covering an area of 1,250km². The two main towns are Gore, which is the main service town for Eastern Southland and West Otago, and Mataura, where the Alliance Group Ltd freezing works are located.
The life blood of the district is the Mataura River, which flows through its centre. The land has been developed over many years into some of the most productive agricultural land in New Zealand. Industries have established primarily as a result of the agricultural development and these include meat and grain processing, fibreboard manufacture and wood processing that between them contribute a significant amount of employment to those who live within the urban areas.