CM Health and Middlemore Foundation to discuss creation of accommodation fund

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Counties Manukau Health hopes to work with the Middlemore Foundation to create a charitable trust to provide accommodation support for the whaanau of some of our out-of-region patients.

CM Health provides regional and national services through our Burns and Spinal units, among others. Between 2014 and 2016, a total of 3,869 patients from outside the DHB catchment area were admitted to Middlemore Hospital.

Typically, patients using CMDHB’s Spinal and Burns services have complex injuries that require long stays in hospital, says Dr Lyn Murphy, chair of the hospital advisory committee.

Families of longer stay patients, in particular those who live outside of the CM Health region, are often faced with logistical and financial challenges staying with their family member throughout their recovery, Dr Murphy says.

“At the same time, we recognise that family involvement has a positive effect on patient outcomes,” she says.

CMDHB will soon formalise a whaanau accommodation proposal for the Middlemore Foundation to consider, in order to support these people. The proposed charitable trust would take into consideration a family’s circumstances and eligibility for other assistance.

Recently, CMDHB decided not to support the proposal to develop whaanau accommodation on the basis that it is not the DHB’s core business, would require additional budget for detailed design and is likely to result in on-going operational costs including administration, cleaning and facility maintenance.

The Board took into consideration the current financial situation of the DHB, including the more pressing facilities issues that need to be addressed in the short term.

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