The BOPDHB is suspending services at Ōpōtiki Primary Maternity Unit from 1 December - 30 March 2020 due to inadequate staffing of midwives. The safety of women and their babies is paramount in this decision.

Opotiki Community Health Centre

is open during the day from 8am to 10pm and closed over night

If your condition is life threatening dial 111

For after hours medical care phone your GP's clinic first.

If you require immediate Maternity assistance please phone Ko Matariki Maternity Unit at Whakatāne Hospital on 0800 429 328 or 07 306 0965. Calls can be made 24 hours a day.

Unregistered patients and visitors phone HealthLine 0800 611 116.


Like the rest of the country we are facing a shortage of midwives and that's had an impact on our ability to keep operating safely in this timeframe.

There are not enough midwives in the area to provide back-up to the woman's LMC midwife to support women to deliver their babies safely at the maternity unit.

We know this decision will have an impact on expectant mothers who are due to give birth at Ōpōtiki Maternity Unit and we apologise for the impact this will have on their birthing plans.

We cannot solve these issues alone and are committed to working with the community to build a sustainable and equitable maternity system across our whole district.

We have been in discussions with midwives in Ōpōtiki and other health providers about a sustainable service going forward. We will continue to engage with midwives, other health professionals and the Ōpōtiki community to determine how best to meet the needs of local women and their whānau.

We advise expectant mothers to talk to their Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs) about their individual birth plans and alternative options which include either birthing at Ko Matariki Maternity Unit, Whakatāne Hospital or in some cases delivery at home.
Pregnant women from Ōpōtiki to Whangaparaoa Bay who do not have a Lead Maternity Carer midwife are advised to contact Ko Matariki Maternity Unit at Whakatāne Hospital on 0800 429 328 or 07 306 0965 immediately.

FAQ


What is a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC)?

Your lead maternity carer is a midwife or specialist doctor who you have arranged to provide maternity care for you.

The LMC you choose to care for you is responsible for your care throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth, and for your and your baby's care until baby is 6 weeks old. They (or their backup) will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will provide you with care and information about the choices you can make.

If you require immediate assistance please phone Ko Matariki Maternity Unit at Whakatāne Hospital on 0800 429 328 or 07 306 0965. Calls can be made 24 hours a day.


What should women do who are due to give birth from 1 December - 30 March 2020 and were planning on having their babies at the Ōpōtiki Primary Maternity Unit?

Talk to your Lead Maternity Carer. As part of planning for your care, they would have developed a birth plan with you. Your LMC is best placed to talk to you about what options are available to you now, depending on your individual circumstances.
If you are due to give birth from 1 December - 30 March 2020 and you DO NOT have a LMC contact Ko Matariki Maternity Unit at Whakatāne Hospital on 0800 429 328 or 07 306 0965 immediately.


What should women do, due to give birth from 1 December - 30 March 2020 who, based on previous pregnancies, don't think they will have enough time to travel to Ko Matariki Maternity Unit at Whakatāne Hospital once labour starts?

As part of your individual birthing plan, this is something you should talk to your LMC about.

If you have an emergency or require urgent care and do not have or are unable, to contact your LMC midwife, dial 111.


Why has the Ōpōtiki Primary Maternity Unit been suspended for the entire 24 hour period from 1 December 30 March 2020?


There are not enough midwives in the area to provide back-up to the woman's LMC midwife allowing women to deliver their babies safely at the Ōpōtiki Primary Maternity Unit.


What are my options for a hospital stay after my baby is born?


Mothers are able to stay in Ko Matariki Maternity Unit at Whakatāne Hospital after baby is born. As the Ōpōtiki Independent Nursing Service (OPINS) is no longer able to provide a nighttime service, there is no overnight postnatal care available in Ōpōtiki.

 

Click here to see more info about Ōpōtiki Independent Nursing Service (OPINS), regarding The Ōpōtiki Community Health Centre opening times and FAQ

 

Last updated: December 5, 2019