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Published Wednesday 9 Feb 2022

Wairarapa DHB congratulates Five Rivers Medical on the completion of its outstanding patient-centred facility

The McManaways’ vision and generosity has given breath to our vision of Hauora Mō Tatou – better health for all. It is a fine illustration of what great looks like - patient-centred, purpose-built, co-located and integrated care, tailor-made for the people it serves. It is outstanding.

When we drafted our strategic direction 2020-2030, it was precisely with a Five Rivers-style concept in mind. We hadn’t seen it yet, we didn’t know its bricks and its mortar or guessed at the shape of its footprint, but we knew the beauty of what this kind of community-based healthcare model would deliver for our people and we knew it was what we need for Wairarapa.

Five Rivers iterates our vision of excellent care. We extend our sincerest thanks and warmly congratulate everyone involved in bringing this very special facility to life.

We are excited to have placed a raft of DHB services under the Five Rivers roof and are grateful for the opportunity. Not only do our staff thoroughly enjoy working in the smart and welcoming environment but our patients get care closer to home away from the hospital setting, where they are better supported with a range of services and receive continuity of care.

Our South Wairarapa District Nurses are based at Five Rivers providing a seven day a week community nursing service, including a Wound Clinic every weekday. The Medication Run is managed from the centre and Oncology Nursing Clinics are hosted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Clinic space on Tuesday and Wednesday will be well utilised by multiple DHB services, including Social Work and Mental Health, Maternity, Cardiac and Diabetes Clinics, and by our Dietitian.

We are in no doubt that the people of Greytown and the wider South Wairarapa community already consider Five Rivers one of their greatest assets, and rightly so.

Sir Paul Collins
Chair, Wairarapa DHB

Dale Oliff
Chief Executive, Wairarapa DHB