More trucks a worry

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Port of Auck­land will not chal­lenge a re­cent ex­pan­sion ban. This could bring se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for Mata­mata.

Auck­land Port com­mem­o­ra­tors have in­di­cated busi­ness will be driven away and ports such as Tau­ranga used in­stead. This could mean an ex­tra 3000 heavy ve­hi­cles a month on our roads ( NZ Her­ald 29-6-2015).

Con­sider the con­tin­ued use of Broad­way as part of High­way 24.

I’ve counted as many as 29 heavy trucks in the time it took me to drink a cup of cof­fee.

Each of those ve­hi­cles is a po­ten­tial haz­ard to all of us. If the present 24/7 flow of heavy traf­fic is to be in­creased on Broad­way then one has to ask why the coun­cil is seem­ingly not in­ter­ested in do­ing some­thing about it.

A fu­ture traf­fic by­pass has been men­tioned, that’s good but what about the here and now?

Heavy truck traf­fic can be di­verted around Broad­way now by us­ing ex­ist­ing roads. A heavy truck di­ver­sion route could be put in place in Mata­mata with lit­tle ex­pense and fuss. All it needs is the po­lit­i­cal will of our coun­cil.

Mata­mata Med­i­cal Cen­tre GP’s and staff take re­spon­si­bil­ity for pa­tient care very se­ri­ously; part of that is to con­tinue to pro­vide 24/7 af­ter-hours care which most neigh­bour­ing towns no longer have.

When this call was made last Sun­day the week­end ur­gent clinic had closed and the GP was on call if needed. How­ever, all our after­hours phone calls are trans­ferred and an­swered by a con­tracted Nurs­ing Phone Ser­vice and not by MMC re­cep­tion staff (or doc­tors) so the on-call GP was un­aware of this call.

The Nurs­ing Phone Ser­vice is a ro­bust ser­vice MMC has used for many years and fol­lows ex­act pro­to­cols. All phone calls are recorded.

This pa­tient was triaged by an ex­pe­ri­enced reg­is­tered nurse, clear ad­vice was given and ac­cepted for man­ag­ing the in­jury, plus the pa­tient was clearly ad­vised to phone back (as per the recorded phone call) if symp­toms wors­ened or he had any con­cerns.

The triage nurse ad­vised the pa­tient she would then no­tify the duty doc­tor to pro­vide treat­ment, oth­er­wise the pa­tient should see his GP within 24 hours.

On Mon­day morn­ing the pa­tient was seen and treated at 9am by his own GP and fol­low-up care pre­scribed. As we are the only med­i­cal cen­tre in Mata­mata and have more than 14,000 en­rolled pa­tients for whom we pro­vide 24/7 cover, we do try our best to pro­vide a qual­ity ser­vice. We also have ro­bust sys­tems for any com­plaints or com­pli­ments any­one may wish to make via my­self as prac­tice man­ager. I welcome any pa­tient to call me in the first in­stance at the surgery.

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