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Region’s newest medical centre opening next month

Shane and Lynnette McManaway outside Five Rivers Medical, which they founded and funded. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Story by Soumya Bhamidipati

Greytown’s Five Rivers Medical complex is expected to open in November.

The multimillion-dollar facility on Bidwills Cutting Rd will host a suite of health professionals, with the purpose-built complex also housing Wellington Free Ambulance.

Latitude Health, a charitable subsidiary of primary health organisation Tu Ora Compass Health, will manage the facility.

Tu Ora general manager Mabli Jones said the organisation was excited to be part of the development.

“Five Rivers will be the home for a broad range of clinical services that meet the needs of the local community. These include Greytown Medical Centre, community nursing, mental health services, DHB [District Health Board] services, phlebotomy, physiotherapy, ultrasound, Boulcott Hospital outpatients, and a rehabilitation and commercial gym,” Jones said.

The facility was founded and funded by Wairarapa couple Shane and Lynnette McManaway, who were “delighted” with the build.

“It’s taken many hundreds of hours of planning to ensure every aspect has been thought through,” Shane said.

“At times, the journey from conception through to opening has been challenging due to the environment we are currently living in, but knowing the benefits it will bring to our community, it has all been extremely worthwhile.”

He extended his appreciation to the Rigg Zschokke build team, who had been “incredible to work with”.

“Some days, as many as 45 trades people might be on site, and every one of them has demonstrated fantastic commitment and have been great to work with.”

The name Five Rivers referenced the Tauherenikau, Waiohine, Waingawa, Waipoua and Ruamahanga rivers.

“The five rivers are an important part of the lifeblood of this valley,” Shane said, “As Five Rivers Medical will be.”

WFA would have two ambulances and a support vehicle stationed at the complex, along with on-site staff accommodation.

WFA chief executive officer David Robinson said it was an “exciting opportunity” to work alongside other health services.

“We look forward to the opening of this multipurpose facility in this important location and to serve all our people.”

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