29 Aug 2011

Panel advocates keeping Queenstown hospital

9:23 pm on 29 August 2011

A special panel's report on the future of health services in Queenstown has been revealed at a public meeting.

The National Health Board appointed the group to decide what primary and secondary services were needed in the Wakatipu Basin.

The panel was set up following disuptes between the Wakatipu community and the Southern District Health Board about what kind of model of care it should provide.

The report contains 21 recommendations to the board, which were discussed by the Queenstown community on Monday night.

The panel has dismissed the board's argument for an integrated health care centre or a so-called 'one-stop shop' in favour of keeping Lakes District Hospital.

It says the hospital should retain its emergency department and install a CT scanner for the Otago region.

The panel held more than 70 meetings with the community, stakeholders and clinicians during its consultation.