Com­ing to the pa­tients

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY BETHANY ROL­STON

Piron­gia 86-year-old Pa­tri­cia Gri­er­son lives alone and doesn’t drive.

She re­lies on friends or fam­ily tak­ing her to Te Awa­mutu for ap­point­ments.

But life has be­come a lot eas­ier for Pa­tri­cia, thanks to a new satel­lite doc­tor clinic run by Ma¯ hoe Med­i­cal.

The weekly clinic op­er­ates out of St Saviour’s Angli­can Church on Thurs­days from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Pa­tri­cia was the first pa­tient at the clinic’s open­ing last Thurs­day and says the ini­tia­tive is “mar­vel­lous”.

“It is most ben­e­fi­cial for a per­son like me who has given up driv­ing,” she says.

“I would usu­ally have to ask some­one if they would mind tak­ing me to town so I could see the doc­tor. Now I can just wad­dle across the road.”

The clinic has one doc­tor, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween Dr Shivam Deo and Dr Fraser Hodg­son, plus an as­sist­ing nurse.

“I thought it was very pro­fes­sional and the doc­tor was un­der­stand­ing and kind,” Pa­tri­cia says. “There are a lot of el­derly peo­ple in Piron­gia who will re­ally ben­e­fit from this.”

The church build­ing on Franklin St had been adapted to cre­ate a makeshift clinic. There is a wait­ing room, re­cep­tion and doc­tor’s of­fice.

Although pa­tients can pay for their ap­point­ment and re­ceive a pre­scrip­tion, med­i­ca­tion will need to be pur­chased from a phar­macy in Te Awa­mutu.

The co-or­di­na­tion of the clinic came from St Saviour’s Angli­can Church parish nurse Joan Macmanus.

“Peo­ple have been want­ing some­thing like this for a very long time,” Joan says.

“There’s no pub­lic trans­port in Piron­gia and the health shut­tle doesn’t come out here. It’s good to utilise the church build­ing, too, as it’s such a cen­tral lo­ca­tion.” The clinic aims to give Piron­gia res­i­dents bet­ter ac­cess to health­care and pro­vide a con­ve­nient ser­vice.

“It will par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fit school chil­dren, peo­ple who can’t drive or peo­ple with­out cars.”

Ma¯ hoe Med­i­cal busi­ness man­ager Elaine Cooper says the clinic is pleased to be able to pro­vide the ser­vice to Piron­gia’s pop­u­la­tion that is age­ing and grow­ing.

The clinic — which will run for three months — is a trial. There are hopes to of­fer it again, and to other vil­lages, if suc­cess­ful.

Although it is in a church build­ing, there are no reli­gious in­flu­ences — the ser­vice is purely clin­i­cal.

The clinic runs ev­ery Thurs­day 2pm-4.30pm at St Saviour’s Angli­can Church, Franklin St. Con­tact 872 9023 to book an ap­point­ment. Stan­dard Ma¯hoe Med­i­cal fees ap­ply, no walk-ins.

Photo / Bethany Rol­ston

Piron­gia’s Pa­tri­cia Gri­er­son, the first pa­tient at the Ma¯ hoe Med­i­cal satel­lite clinic, has her blood pres­sure checked by Dr Shivam Deo.

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