As mentioned by Anna Meuli as she departed the DHB GPL role, in the absence of a replacement GPL, Liza Fairbairn will send out regular updates which will cover some of what Anna would have covered.
The telehealth service planned for Tairāwhiti did not work out but there is a new service currently being finalised.
Starting this week, Amanda Oakley in Waikato will start triaging the referrals that have been sitting untouched in the system for the past few months since Ian McQuillan stopped providing a service to Tairāwhiti. Amanda requires photographs with referrals. Also, the current system in Waikato involves a specific referral template hence you may find that Amanda sends your referrals back asking for a photo and/or more information.
The future service is not yet finalised but will definitely require photographs and probably a template of information similar to some of our current specialist referrals e.g. rheumatology. So, taking photographs is a good habit to get into if you haven't already.
A locum ENT surgeon is doing clinics and theatres lists to try to get through some of the waiting list. He is happy to take skin cancer referrals but does require a photograph with tape measure.
There is a big review of the Tui Te Ora service starting. An external manager, Carol Limber, is going to run this and I hear that she is very good. Carol is keen to meet with anyone from primary care who wants to put their views forward. She is able to come to practices or you could even just have an email conversation if that is better. Please email me or Matt Tong if you would like to get in touch with Carol.
Long term condition management is so embedded in our practice and I think it will be really useful to have our say in terms of how the DHB structures the specialist services that support us. I will be involved in the review process and am keen to have other representatives from primary care. If anyone wants to join me, especially practice nurses, the DHB are happy to pay for that representation.
Liza Fairbairn, GP Liaison - Tairāwhiti