The five Midland district health boards - Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairawhiti, Taranaki and Waikato - retain strong links.
Examples of regional collaboration include: the establishment of the Midland Cancer Network, and investigating solutions to rationalise ‘back office’ and corporate support systems.
HealthShare is the Midland DHBs' shared services agency. Its chief executive is Andrew Boyd. Originally it provided the audit functions of hospital care, rest home care and residential disability care for the five Midland DHBs. It now takes on regional functions including clinical networks for stroke, renal, maternity and rural health, radiology, cardiology and health of older people and elective services.
Waikato provides the tertiary services (such as neurosurgery and other highly complex surgery, specialised medical procedures and specialist trauma services) to the regional population.
Through Waikato Hospital, Waikato DHB offers specialist diagnostic treatment services to the whole of the Midland health region.
For more information about HealthShare visit: www.healthshare.health.nz (external link)
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