Health care home
The health care homes model was rolled out in primary care practices in 2016. It is a joint initiative between Capital Coast District Health Board and Primary Care Organisations. Approximately 80% of the region have access to more services through their local GP practice. This means that people can receive the care they need in a primary care setting and in some cases save a trip to their GP altogether. Patients can expect:
- Urgent ‘same day’ appointments
- Extended practice hours
- View test results online
- Message their GP
- Receive specialist advice and treatment through local practices.
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The Diabetes Clinical network was established in 2012 to change the way diabetes care was managed to reduce disparities and help prevent the onset of other related illnesses. More diabetes care has moved into primary care practices, closer to people’s homes. A diabetes nurse specialist team works closely with general practices to identify what support the patients need. Patients are receiving a more tailored approach to their diabetes case and people are empowered to better manage the condition.
Health Pathways make it easier for GPs to assess, manage and refer patients to hospital or specialist services. There are now more than 420 localised health pathways available. The pathways are developed by consensus and collaboration between hospital clinicians and general practice teams from the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHB areas. It is a well used resource with around 2,200 page views on average a day.
Patients can log on and access their health information and interact with their general practice through the patient portal. This makes life a bit easier for those who have ongoing health care needs and support those managing long term conditions as they are able to talk to their GP without needing an appointment. Tens of thousands of people across our region have access to it.