Lakes DHB to Redevelop Mental Health Facility
19/12/2017 5:51:16 p.m.

Monday 18 December 2017

Lakes DHB to Redevelop Mental Health Facility

The current mental health inpatient facility on the Rotorua Hospital site (Whare Whakaue) is in need of redevelopment due to its condition and also to support the provision of modern mental health services, says Deryck Shaw, Chair of Lakes District Health Board.

The need to redevelop the building is also an opportunity to look at the way mental health services are delivered (model of care) for people living in the Lakes DHB area.

Deryck Shaw says the needs of service users and their families will be at the forefront of service development and a new model of care is being designed to guide the facility redevelopment. On-going work to progress the business case will involve the whole of the Lakes health system including community, primary, secondary and tertiary mental health and addiction services across the district.

Deryck Shaw says mental health and addictions care is delivered mainly in the community with access when necessary to acute inpatient and other specialist services. It is essential therefore that an integrated and collaborative approach exists between the DHB mental health and addictions service and primary health services, community providers and social service agencies.

In August 2017, Lakes DHB Chief Executive Ron Dunham formally notified the MOH and the National Capital Investment Committee that Lakes DHB was embarking on the planning process for redevelopment of the mental health and addictions service facilities based in Rotorua. Preliminary work to develop the business case has begun with the final business case to be presented to the Ministry of Health in mid-2018. If the business case is accepted, it is hoped building will begin in 2019 with a new facility ready in 2020/21.

Deryck Shaw says the on-going planning will have involvement of iwi and mental health service users and their families. A Lakes Mental Health and Addictions Facility Development Governance Group has been established to oversee the project.