Convenience 1000 times over
The Mobile Health’s Surgical Bus has ticked off its 1000th procedures when it visited Taumarunui on Friday.
Waikato DHB rural hospitals manager, Joanne Knight said the community and hospital staff benefited from the convenience and expertise of Mobile Health’s procedures. Previously people had to travel to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.
‘‘Some of the procedures can be uncomfortable for patients so having these performed on the hospital’s campus gives them and their wha¯ nau much better peace of mind pre and post-surgery.
‘‘If patients need post recovery, they are simply brought straight through to a hospital recovery room.’’
Knight said it has been a really great working partnership with Mobile Health. The bus has now visited Taumarunui 109 times.
‘‘Both our administration teams work to arrange patient lists and our nursing team gets the opportunity to provide support on the bus and exposure to different surgeries they wouldn’t typically do in a rural setting.’’
Taumarunui resident Jenny Carter said being treated locally took away the hassle of travelling to Hamilton for her Gastroscopy.
‘‘It was awesome having it here.
‘‘Having it done at home you don’t need to find drivers and these nurses are awesome and it’s a wonderful place to have it done.
‘‘It’s a shame they’ve shut our hospital down for a lot of things but there’s still services people can have done here, which is good.’’
Enrolled nurse, Margaret Scott has been working with the team on the bus from the start.
‘‘I find it quite a privilege to put a thousand patients through.
‘‘It’s a really good community service and everybody knows everybody else.’’
A total of 1005 patients were treated in Taumarunui by the end of the day on Friday.
The surgical bus has been operating in Taumarunui since April 2002.
Seventy one percent of surgeries performed there have been endoscopies. The other 29 percent is made up of general surgery, ophthalmology, gynaecology, and dental.
Patients are referred by their local GP to the District Health Board who place them on a waiting list where appropriate.
August 19: Police attended three small slips around the area. No one was injured when a vehicle crashed on Kirikau Valley Rd.
August 20: A large amount of stolen property was recovered from a Waitea Branch Rd address after a search warrant was executed at the address. Police attended another domestic incident.
Taumarunui Police can be contacted on 07 8958119 or anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
‘‘I find it quite a privilege to put a thousand patients through.’’
Patient Jenny Carter celebrates with Margaret Scott who has been working with the mobile health bus since 2002.