Home help to de­fine GP’S or­ders

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Doc­tors’ or­ders can be con­fus­ing, es­pe­cially if you strug­gle with the English lan­guage.

A new Pa­cific health ser­vice will en­deav­our to solve this prob­lem by ex­plain­ing health is­sues to pa­tients in their own homes.

The Pa­cific Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vice was launched last Thurs­day to a hun­dred-strong crowd at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

Doc­tors, nurses and health pro­fes­sion­als mixed with the Pa­cific com­mu­nity in a day of lec­tures, work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties based around ill­nesses af­fect­ing Pa­cific peo­ple, from di­a­betes to heart dis­ease and rheumatic fever.

Doc­tors of­ten can’t over­come the lan­guage and cul­tural bar­ri­ers sur­round­ing Pa­cific pa­tients, Pa­cific Nav­i­ga­tion Ser­vice man­ager Kupa Kupa says.

They also lack the time to spend ex­plain­ing what medicines do or how to care for long-term health prob­lems.

‘‘You can see the risks that might be in­volved,’’ Mr Kupa says.

‘‘The GP ob­vi­ously has to be rac­ing through be­cause she or he has so many book­ings. Whereas we have a lit­tle bit more time.’’

Doc­tors through­out the Welling­ton re­gion can re­fer Pa­cific pa­tients to Mr Kupa’s ser­vice and a nurse or com­mu­nity sup­port worker will then visit the pa­tient in their home.

‘‘Our main thing is work­ing out in the com­mu­nity. Our ser­vice re­ally is to help Pa­cific peo­ple ac­cess ser­vices and to un­der­stand some of the ill­nesses they have,’’ Mr Kupa said.

The ser­vice is funded by the Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board and works along­side Com­pass Health and Well Health providers. Its nine staff are split be­tween the Fanau Cen­tre in Can­non’s Creek and Well Health’s of­fice in New­town.

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