As a District Health Board, we look after a diverse population
spread across a large geographic area. Getting health care services
to the people of our community is an important priority for us. For
this reason we provide clinic services, transport assistance and telemedicine
to more rural and remote areas.
Telehealth - The Video Doctor service
If you live in a rural area within the Bay of Plenty catchment
area, for example on Matakana Island, in Opotiki and surrounding
areas, or Te Kaha and the East Cape you may be able to gain access
to a doctor, or hospital level medical advice through telehealth.
Telehealth is where a patient videochats with a doctor in another
location. You can see an example of a consultation using telehealth
below. This is a patient view of the video doctor service at Te
Awanui Haurora, Matakana Island. This service has been running
Te Whanau a Apanui Community Health -
"Healthy Communities on the Coast"
"Te Oranga Whanau mai I te Taumata o Apanui ki
As a District Health Board we provide rural health services from
an inpatient facility in Opotiki. This small rural hospital
has four GP beds and two maternity beds. In addition, outpatient
clinics are held with visiting specialists and there is an
afterhours nursing service.
In addition, the Te Kaha General Practice provides a
comprehensive community service including several Outreach clinics
from Maraenui to Cape Runaway. Te Kaha is a teaching practice with
links to the Bay of Plenty DHB's Medical School.
To access these services you can contact Te Kaha Medical Centre
on 073252803 between the hours of 8am - 5.00pm Mon to Friday. After
hours ring: Opotiki Hospital 073158500. They will contact on-call
Te Whanau a Apanui Community Health provides GP and Nurse Led
Clinics for a 150km section of coastline, as well as 111 emergency
services after hours, at weekends and public holidays by nursing
"Telehealth in a Box" click to
view the final report of the Telehealth Demonstration project and
findings of other telehealth users - April 2015
October 9, 2015