Great tour – no pushover

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

OK, OK. I’m miss­ing them.

And I’m not a roy­al­ist, nor a re­pub­li­can – sim­ply some­one en­joy­ing at­trac­tive peo­ple re­lat­ing to those who would oth­er­wise never see them. Never a foot wrong by the guests. Vis­i­ble and touch­ing emo­tion by the hosts. A mem­ory for chil­dren to en­joy now and as adults. No ob­vi­ous stuff-ups.

Not like 1953 when a pre-tour cru­sade by the Auck­land Star called for tough crowd con­trols on a Queen St drive-though straight off the royal yacht.

Re­sult one: Wooden shut­ters and sticky tape on dis­play win­dows to pre­vent bro­ken glass and in­juries on ‘‘massed crowds ex­pected to pack the foot­paths’’.

Re­sult two: Big, com­fort­able but not enor­mous crowds, mostly four or five deep.

Enough room for me to can­ter up and down be­hind them, sweat­ing un­der a mil­i­tary field ra­dio, my link with the Star.

A doc­tor’s view from Peter Parkin­son: ‘‘Your com­ments about doc­tors’ ties and our stetho­scopes need a lit­tle fact added.

‘‘Firstly, it is worth con­sid­er­ing the price Dr Ig­naz Sem­mel­weis paid in the mid-1800s when he iden­ti­fied doc­tors’ cloth­ing as the source of the in­fec­tion that killed the ma­jor­ity of moth­ers with puer­peral sep­sis that came into hos­pi­tal.

‘‘Clean clothes and washed hands rid his ward of puer­peral sep­sis.

‘‘As a re­sult he was dis­missed from his job, ridiculed, aban­doned by his fam­ily and later, as a pau­per, he gained ac­cess to a de­liv­ery, cut his wrists and rubbed the cuts with the ob­ste­tri­cian’s sleeve an­nounc­ing: ‘This woman and I will die of the same dis­ease on the same day!’ ‘‘And that’s what hap­pened. ‘‘When work­ing as a new­born car­diac reg­is­trar in a Lon­don clinic, we all wore a tie bear­ing the clinic’s em­blem. There was a prob­lem with re­cur­rent staph in­fec­tions in the sur­gi­cal post op unit.

‘‘The sur­gi­cal se­nior reg­is­trar was the one who had swabs taken of doc­tors’ cloth­ing (in­clud­ing the stetho­scope). It was on the tie, and only on the tie, that the of­fend­ing staphy­lo­coc­cus was found and not on the stetho­scope. This doc­tor also lost his job!

‘‘Im­proved doc­tor-pa­tient re­la­tion­ship is an­other bonus that I be­came aware of when I aban­doned my tie. The chil­dren were much more re­laxed and this im­proved his­tory tak­ing, ex­am­i­na­tion and their co-op­er­a­tion with the ther­a­peu­tic plan. So in ac­knowl­edg­ing your com­ment; ‘how of­ten do stetho­scopes get any sort of dis­in­fect­ing?’ this could well be an over­sight worth con­sid­er­ing.

‘‘How­ever, in the past the stetho­scope has been found to be clean, and in de­fence of the doc­tors’ icon, it is shiny and thus un­likely to pick up bugs. Fur­ther­more it is se­lec­tively placed on clean, rather than in­fected sur­faces. On the other hand the hon­oured neck­tie does hang round rather in­dis­crim­i­nately.’’ – Peter Parkin­son A fol­low-up on le­gal highs: ‘‘I am deal­ing with a uni­ver­sity stu­dent ad­dicted to le­gal highs af­ter a very short time. He has be­come sui­ci­dal, de­pressed, vom­its, shakes, hal­lu­ci­nates, does not want to eat and is very anx­ious.

‘‘I won­der if the other two sui­cides at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity last year had some­thing to do with le­gal highs.

‘‘The uni­ver­sity doc­tor put him on an­tide­pres­sants. He is go­ing to Com­mu­nity Al­co­hol and Drug Ser­vices with a hope of get­ting him into a re­hab pro­gramme but they ad­vise that they also have many peo­ple queued up on le­gal highs need­ing help so it will be a very long and slow process.

‘‘Speak to peo­ple at Re­hab and also CADS to see the dam­age th­ese le­gal highs are do­ing and how very ad­dic­tive and dam­ag­ing they are. The gov­ern­ment must be bury­ing their heads in the sand if they can­not see what is hap­pen­ing to so many peo­ple.

‘‘What is so hard about mak­ing such dan­ger­ous sub­stances il­le­gal?’’ – Name pro­vided

Royal tour: ‘‘At­trac­tive peo­ple re­lat­ing to those who would oth­er­wise never see them.’’

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