3 January 2020

Ōpōtiki  Health Centre: update on birthing services

The Ōpōtiki midwives and the Bay of Plenty District Health Board are pleased to announce that birthing services at Ōpōtiki Health Centre recommenced on 1st January 2020 on an interim basis.

During December, much work was done to ensure we have a safe and supportive model of 24-hour cover for local births. Training has been provided for local nurses and St Johns to act as support to midwives and additional locum midwife cover is in place until the end of January as part of an interim arrangement.

Work will need to continue to ensure that we are able to maintain the roster cover after January and at the end of the month we will review the interim arrangements to make sure they are working well for everyone involved.

"I'd like to sincerely thank the midwives, St Johns, OPINS nurses, The College of Midwives and managers and staff at the DHB for working together to make this happen and to acknowledge the significant amount of work done in a very short period of time.

"This is a very positive outcome for Ōpōtiki and the communities living along the coast. I'd also like to acknowledge the local community petition and championing of this cause and hope that this outcome reflects to them our determination to work through the challenges and resolve these in the shortest time possible".


Pete Chandler
Acting CEO, Bay of Plenty DHB


Last updated: January 9, 2020