If I was 20 years younger I would put on a back pack and walk the whole Te Araroa track from North to South. At this point in time I’m satisfied to walk bits of it and post about the awesome new patient pathway booklet composed by staff at the Northern Regional Alliance branch of the Ministry of Health. It is now being trialled by  patients.

Here is a link to the booklet: Patient Roadmap

There has been a lot of patient input into the pathway/roadmap and staff are still seeking feedback. If you would like to contribute to this, you should be able to open this form: HNC Roadmap Feedback Form

The roadmap is a result of a review of the head and neck services in the Northern region of New Zealand.  Patients have had a lot of say. They wanted clearer guidelines about their entitlements and follow up. Patients like me were very keen for more information and we wanted to know who to contact when there was a problem.

You could sum it up as a more integrated, coordinated and patient-centred system. Because HNC care is spread out across a big region and four hospitals, it was easy in the past to get lost on the path without clear directions.