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Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

May I send my con­grat­u­la­tions to the Porirua Lit­tle The­atre com­pany for their won­der­ful pro­duc­tion of Disco In­ferno which my wife and I at­tended last week.

From the moment the show started the cast had the au­di­ence in their spell with their en­thu­si­asm and highly pro­fes­sional ren­di­tions of the 1970s songs and dance rou­tines.

My ad­mi­ra­tion goes out to this com­pany which have done such a mag­nif­i­cent job in con­vert­ing the former store at 4 Lyn­ley Pl into a work­ing the­atre in such a short space of time.

All praise also to mayor Nick Leggett and Greg Pa­tience in their involvement in push­ing for­ward the premises for the use of the the­atre group. Porirua City should be proud that this highly tal­ented and mo­ti­vated the­atre group was not al­lowed to sink into obliv­ion.

If you haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity to see what they have done may I strongly rec­om­mend that you go and see and ex­pe­ri­ence what they have to of­fer. Be­ing both in our 70s my wife and I felt that we had shed 30 years from our age dur­ing the per­for­mance. Ah, happy days! re­moved from re­al­ity se­nior Cap­i­tal & Coast Health man­age­ment has be­come on this sub­ject.

My ad­vice is that they spend 24-hours at the cen­tre to see what ac­tu­ally goes on.

The cen­tre sees pa­tients with chest pains, ab­dom­i­nal pains, in­fants and chil­dren in res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress. Febrile in­fants and chil­dren present in their droves and given the high in­ci­dence of rheumatic fever and menin­gi­tis in the Porirua basin quick as­sess­ment and treat­ment is vi­tal.

Last week, overnight four of the pa­tients I saw pre­sented with acute asthma ex­ac­er­ba­tions re­quir­ing treat­ment.

Fre­quent pre­sen­ters are the in­jured pa­tients with lac­er­a­tions and bro­ken bones. We see numer­ous sport­ing in­juries from mild sprains to limb threat­en­ing dis­lo­ca­tions. Other com­mon in­juries treated are burns to in­fants and tod­dlers. The area has a large pop­u­la­tion of psy­chi­atric pa­tients who fre­quently use the A&M 24 hours a day for ur­gent psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment.

Over win­ter the cen­tre can see over 100 pa­tients in 24 hours. Some days the cen­tre sees more pa­tients than Welling­ton ED and we do it with far less staff. Many of th­ese are pa­tients who sim­ply can­not get into their own GP or who have been told it could take a week to see them.

In other words, the A&M cen­tre is the back­bone of acute med­i­cal care in the Porirua basin. It is well run, ef­fi­cient and a credit to the man­age­ment and clin­i­cal staff who make the ser­vice pos­si­ble. Many times I have heard pa­tients phone home and say to rel­a­tives that, ‘‘I am at the Kenepuru emer­gency de­part­ment’’.

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