27 Apr 2011

A lot more non-urgent surgery now, minister says

6:01 pm on 27 April 2011

Health Minister Tony Ryall says 400 more patients a week are getting the non-urgent surgery they need, compared to two years ago.

Mr Ryall made the claim at the opening of a centre dedicated to elective surgery in Greenlane, Auckland.

The Greenlane Elective Surgical Centre incorporates three new operating theatres, and one extended one, as well as other facilities to improve short-stay elective surgery.

It is the first set of dedicated elective operating rooms approved by the Government since its pre-election commitment to provide more such operations.

Mr Ryall said at the opening on Wednesday that separating elective care from emergency care works.

He said the new centre will allow the Auckland District Health Board to focus on providing more complex surgeries away from the Auckland City and Starship hospital sites, and free up bed capacity at Auckland City Hospital.