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Ngati Ruanui purchasing Patea Medical Centre

Press Release – Te Runanga o Ngaati Ruanui Trust

Itll be business as usual for Patea Medical Centre patients but with the added benefit of regular on-site doctors as Ngati Ruanui purchases the practice.
It’ll be business as usual for Patea Medical Centre patients but with the added benefit of regular on-site doctors as Ngati Ruanui purchases the practice.

Ngati Ruanui Holdings Limited will take over on August 1 2018.

The former owners, Patea and District Community Medical Trust 2000 (Patea Medical Trust), have struggled to locate a permanent doctor for the rural community since the last doctor left on Friday June 30, 2017.

Ngati Ruanui Holdings chairwoman Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says this is part of an overall economic investment strategy.

“We’re looking forward to providing a range of services in South Taranaki; bringing the services to the rural areas, where they’re needed,” Ngarewa-Packer says.

“We’re investing in our people and the Patea community. This acquisition will provide health certainty and wellbeing for all residents of Patea.”

A mixture of Ngati Ruanui doctors and locums will begin working in Patea, ensuring there is a permanent team of doctors providing back up and support.

“It also builds on our existing strategy of having a healthy productive, innovative, export-orientated regional economy that will support better paying jobs and better quality of life.

“We provide a technologically advanced STEAM programme to youth, are establishing an innovative berry food business to provide highly sort-after skills and employment and have a virtual health model partnership with Dr Lance O’Sullivan (MaiHealth).”

MaiHealth will continue to stand as a separate service.

The MaiHealth virtual doctor network was implemented in 2017, when Patea residents needed access to care. The structure has worked for patients with straightforward medical needs, organising same day scripts through a simple online system.

Patients needing more thorough medical attention have been travelling as far as Hawera and Whanganui for treatment when a doctor has not been available.

Ngati Ruanui believes it is critical to invest in social and economic wellbeing through our people, says Haimona Maruera, Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust.

“I’m proud to be born and raised in Patea, it’s a community of stamina, resilience and huge talent so it’s exciting to be at this stage.”
ADDED INFORMATION:

*Ngati Ruanui owns the Award Winning Stratford Mountain House.

*Ngati Ruanui Healthcare is a 7000+ patient practice.

*Te Puawaitanga o Ngati Ruanui is the only bilingual Early Childhood Education available in South Taranaki.

*Ngati Ruanui Te Kohanga Reo is a total immersion facility.

*Ngati Ruanui provides sport, secondary and tertiary education scholarships to registered Uri.

*The Patea and District Community Medical Trust 2000 formed in 2000 as a charitable Trust. It replaced the Patea and District Community Medical Trust (formed in 1991).

*The original P&DCMT formed to prevent closure of the Patea Medical Centre when the then private-practice doctor decided to close his business to pursue further education.

*All current practice employees have been offered jobs by Ngati Ruanui.

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