Going behind the scenes at Kenepuru
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Health test: Kate Worthington, middle, checks Lyn Turner’s blood pressure as nurse Susan Milligan looks on.