Go­ing be­hind the scenes at Kenepuru

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance paramedics have traded in flash­ing lights for a chance to see be­hind the hos­pi­tal doors.

As part of work ex­pe­ri­ence ses­sions this month, some paramedics have com­pleted a nurs­ing shift with staff at Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal’s Ac­ci­dent & Med­i­cal.

Para­medic Kate Wor­thing­ton has been in the job 15 years, but this was the first time she saw what hap­pened when the ambu- lance dropped peo­ple off and the pro­cesses they fol­lowed.

‘‘It’s good to see the be­hind-thescenes stuff . . . you get a bit more of an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for ev­ery­one’s roles,’’ she said.

Ac­ci­dent & Med­i­cal ser­vice manager Lynne Turner said although it was of­ten con­fused with an emer­gency ser­vice, the Ac­ci­dent & Med­i­cal clinic pro­vided a ser­vice sim­i­lar to that of a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner.

She said the swap gave am­bu­lance staff a chance to see what they should bring pa­tients to Kenepuru for and when they should take them di­rectly to Welling­ton.

‘‘We wanted to show am­bu­lance staff what we do, and why we might ask them to take some­body to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s wast­ing paramedics’ time by com­ing here [in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion] as we just have to call an­other am­bu­lance [to take them to Welling­ton].’’

Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal’s Ac­ci­dent & Med­i­cal clinic pro­vides a 24/7 ser­vice for peo­ple who can­not see their GP.

Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity will present an il­lus­trated talk en­ti­tled

about how ob­jects can il­lus­trate the im­pact World War I had on those serv­ing over­seas, their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

Tawa. Pre-loved chil­dren’s cloth­ing and toy sale in sup­port of Tawa-Lin­den Plun­ket. Mar 7, 11am till 1pm. Gold coin en­try. Bouncy cas­tle, sausage siz­zle, bak­ing, great bar­gains and free kids fluffy with cof­fee pur­chase at New World cafe. Ta­bles $20 – con­tact Stacey at tawaplun­keteve@gmail.com to book.

11 Hutchi­son Rd, New­town. Welling­ton Gil­bert and Sul­li­van Light Opera, Au­di­tions for mi­nor prin­ci­pal roles, un­der­stud­ies and cho­rus, Mar 7 and 8. Con­tact Ellen Spear for an au­di­tion time 027 5155716 or email savoy@ac­trix.co.nz.

69f Dis­cov­ery Dr, Whitby. Free fi­nan­cial health check sem­i­nar pre­sented by fi­nan­cial ad­viser Phil Strong, Mar 11, 7.30pm.

War­spite Ave. Creek­fest 2015. Food, mu­sic, sport and en­ter­tain­ment, Mar 14, 9am till 6pm.

MacK­ays Cross­ing. Model air­craft show, Mar 7 and 8, 10am till 4pm. Free. Chance for a pic­nic and to see model planes on show. Fol­low the signs from the en­trance at MacKay’s Cross­ing.

Waikanae. Chris­tian Fel­low­ship For Dis­abled Welling­ton branch an­nual re­gional camp with the theme Find­ing Free­dom and guest speaker Pas­tor Ge­off Wiklund, Mar 20 till 22. Con­tact John or Lyn on 569 9096 or joly.hawk1790@gmail.com.

For­est Park. Battle Hill Past Present and Fu­ture, Mar 28, 9am till noon. Look to the past and find out how Battle Hill got its name be­fore en­vi­sion­ing the fu­ture – where Trans­mis­sion Gully will be built. Bookings es­sen­tial. Email bookings@gw.govt.nz or call 830 4041.

Prosser St, Porirua. Hon­our 8, Muay Thai kick­box­ing, hosted by the Al­pha Muay Thai club. Mar 14, doors open 6pm. Tick­ets $30 pre­sale and $35 door sales. Tick­ets from the Com­bat Room and Al­pha Muay Thai.

Up­per Hutt. Swin­dale Shield club rugby starts with a gala day on March 21. Tawa v Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton, 12.45pm on No 1 ground, North­ern United v Wainuiomata, 12.45pm on No 3 ground.

SH58. Mana Li­ons hosts the Ron­ald McDon­ald House an­nual char­ity golf tour­na­ment, Mar 20. Teams of four and in­di­vid­u­als are in­vited for the stable­ford com­pe­ti­tion. En­try fee of $45 in­cludes green fees and fin­ger food. Those in­ter­ested con­tact Dave Black on 233 1388 or 0274 763 905.

Pe­tone. Ha­zlett Tro­phy pre­mier grade, North City v Pe­tone-East­bourne, March 7 and 14, from 11am.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

Health test: Kate Wor­thing­ton, mid­dle, checks Lyn Turner’s blood pres­sure as nurse Su­san Mil­li­gan looks on.

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