A paediatric outpatient service was started in 1974 by Dr Joan Corrie, initially held within the general OP area.  Joan continued in that role until 1984.  

 An inpatient service was started in Ward 3 in 1982 with Dr Alan Farrell the Paediatrician and Helen Henderson the Charge Nurse.

 Joan Corrie was appointed visiting Paediatrician in 1984, assisting Alan Farrell on Ward 3.

Support was provided by Drs Tosh Stanley, Margaret Lewis, and Richard Bush from Puketiro.  In 1986 Dr John McArthur was appointed to the Kenepuru staff.

.       Dr Tosh Stanley                .                                  Dr Margaret Lewis

                                 Dr Richard Bush                                    Dr John McArthur

 A major achievement was the early establishment of an acute assessment unit within ward 3 (a four-bedded unit) so that acutely unwell children, referred by their GP, did not need to go through ED. Also at this time a daily paediatric community nurse home visiting service was established which allowed many moderately unwell children to be safely managed at home with intermittent visits to the acute assessment unit.

Helen Henderson remained as CNM until October 1995 and was succeeded by Marie Morgan who was CNM ward 3 until inpatient services were discontinued in December 1999.

                                               Helen Henderson                   Marie Morgan

 From 2000, a Day Ward was established for acute assessments and a dedicated paediatric outpatient service.   Marie Morgan continued as Team Leader until 2003.

 The Kenepuru and Wellington ambulatory services merged in 2004, with Karen Bridge as Team Leader, and Marie (now Marie Smolnicki) an RN in the Wellington Day Ward.

Last updated 13 January 2021.