On its 5 week cycle of New Zealand providing low risk elective day surgical services to the rural communities, Clutha Health First is a stop for the Mobile Surgical Services ‘Bus’, a fully equipped state of the art Mobile Operating Theatre.
The bus is staffed by some health professionals that travel with the bus on its cycle around New Zealand as well as both local and regional staff. Once onboard you will find some staff from Clutha Health First, providing some familiar friendly faces for those that encounter its services. Co-ordination of its services is completed by the Outpatient Department staff with conjunction with the operating specialists.
The 'bus' arrives at Clutha Health First and takes approximately one hour to prepare for surgery. It is hooked up to Clutha Health First for power, water supply, waste water and computer data lines. In case of power failure, the 'bus' has an onboard generator.
These services have not been available in our smallest centres since the closure of surgical services in primary hospitals in the 1980s and 1990s. The 'bus' provides a welcome return to day surgery in rural New Zealand and the range of services available can be extended with the support of District Health Boards (DHBs), which know communities’ needs through DHB wait list information.
For further information on 'the bus' please refer to the Mobile Surgical Services website, or feel free to contact our Outpatient Department on 419 0570 who will be happy to answer your questions.