A newly developed facility, renamed as Kia Ū Ora – Waitematā Breast Service, was opened today at North Shore Hospital to improve access and health outcomes for patients.
The service will provide a world-class level of assessment, diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment for people with breast cancer and breast disorders.
Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the Waitematā DHB catchment which has the largest population of any DHB in the country.
Patients have previously attended various appointments at a number of different locations across the DHB during the course of their diagnosis,
treatment and post-operative care.
“This co-located approach will be hugely convenient for our patients and will, in certain cases, mean various needs can be met on one day and in one place,” said Waitematā DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley.
“Most importantly, it will contribute to improved diagnosis and treatment times – helping us make a dramatic difference in the lives of our patients, their families and whānau.”
The modern new unit occupies a vast ground floor space that has been completely redeveloped since its previous occupants were relocated to upgraded premises elsewhere.
It includes additional ultrasound and mammogram capability – as well as extra consultation rooms in a reconfigured and refurbished easy-to-access premises.
Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is a major supporter of the project and had representatives present during today’s opening.
“Our $1 million contribution towards Kia Ū Ora is recognition of just how important this service is,” said Breast Cancer Foundation NZ chair Justine Smyth.
“It’s crucial that everyone who is referred by their GP to the service is seen quickly so that any breast cancer found can be treated as early as possible, giving the best chance of survival.
“Going through a cancer assessment is hugely worrying and women shouldn’t have to face unnecessary delays."
Attending the opening are Waitematā DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley, Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand board chair Justine Smyth, Waitematā DHB board chair Professor Judy McGregor, Dr Susan Gerred.
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