Con­ve­nience 1000 times over

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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