Some Kāpiti residents who require emergency ambulance care and a possible trip to Wellington Hospital now have a treatment option closer to home.
Thanks to a joint partnership between local general practice teams, the Kāpiti Health Advisory Group, Wellington Free Ambulance and the Capital Coast District Health Board, some patients will receive funded treatment by their GP or medical centre.
This means that after following a clinical assessment, paramedic staff can work with the patient’s GP or urgent care centre to establish if funding treatment can be provided at a local centre, without a trip to hospital.
CCDHB Strategy, Innovation and Performance Director Rachel Haggerty says the changes have been welcomed by local GPs and patients.
The Kāpiti Health Advisory Group, a community organisation advocating for patient needs, has been working towards improved access to urgent care for Kāpiti residents and also
welcomes the new services.
The group is chaired by Kathy Spiers and was established with support of Kāpiti Coast Council Mayor Gurunathan, who says this is a significant development for the community in terms of a safer and convenient delivery of services closer to home.