The Minister of Health David Clark opened a new, high tech health facility day at Gisborne Hospital.

The new facility, 'Kahikatea' caters to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.    

One new factor is teleconferencing where consultations can be done with specialists in Waikato and patients and families in Gisborne. 

The community says it's good to see the Health Minister in person and took the opportunity to tell him about other issues affecting them, mental health in particular. 

The new facility is seen as a step in the right direction.