Western Leader : November 23rd 2010
9 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 Emergency Care Centres, for emergencies only. We all need to ensure our ECC is used for emergencies only. If you could wait to see your doctor, please, wait. Think twice before coming to see us if your medical problems are: • Toothaches: we don't have a dentst and we can't help with partcular dentstry treatments. Check your Yellow Pages for afer-hours dental facilites. • Chronic injuries/illnesses: unless your conditon has suddenly deteriorated, these are best dealt with by your GP. If you want a second opinion, it's best to visit another GP. • Minor injuries and illness which can be well managed by your GP. Let's keep our world-class emergency staf free for those who need them most. One day, it could be you. West Auckland, thank you. You have been patent as we've strived to make Waitakere Hospital's Emergency Care Centre (ECC) a 24/7 service. And you've contnued to tell us you are proud of your hospital and its staf. That respect and patence is appreciated, it really does make a diference. So again, thank you. Since July the hospital's ECC has been open 24/7 for children -- from its previous hours last year of 8am to 6pm. That service is running smoothly, with daily paediatric admission climbing from less than 150 children a week before its opening, to more than 300 children a week aferwards. The next step is the 24/7 adult service. There's just a few more months to wait -- by the end of March next year, we plan to have Waitakere Hospital's 24/7 adult ECC service up and running. We'd like to open sooner. Finding the required extra medical staf has been tough -- it's a compettve internatonal market for these skilled professionals, and we need them to provide you with a quality service. We're nearly there. Lester Levy, chairman on behalf of Waitemata DHB West Auckland summers mean beaches, bikes, BBQs, bush, and the inevitable work around the house: But every summer, these every day actvites leave some west Aucklanders in Waitakere Hospital's Emergency Care Centre (ECC). Make sure you don't become one of them. Near drownings: West Auckland's beaches can be deadly. Don't underestmate them. Swim between the fags, know your limits, and wear only swimwear in the water. Lawnmowing accidents: This isn't a reason to get out of mowing the lawns, but it is a call to be careful. Wear sturdy shoes EVERY TIME, and pay atenton to your feet when you start the mower. Home handyman: Skill saws are very good at cutng things of, including fngers. It happens to west Aucklanders every summer. Be deliberately careful, every tme. Ladder falls: These cause nasty injuries. Be thorough when you examine your ladder 's positon, and don't lean or stretch in a dangerous fashion. Stop and move the ladder. Bicycle accidents: It's the best tme of year to ride your bike, but we all need to be careful: drivers, walkers, and especially cyclists. Don't rush, and always wear your helmet. Food hygiene: Cook your food thoroughly when barbecuing, and take propercareofit--ahotsummer'sdaymeansbacteriabonanzaonyour food. Keep it wrapped, keep it cool. BBQ burns: Be careful with your fuel, and please don't let your children light the BBQ. Cuts and bites: They're part and parcel of enjoying the outdoors, but when infected they become a problem. Clean them, disinfect them, keep them covered so dirt can't get in, and wear insect repellent. Handy numbers: Healthlines: a nurse-stafed 24/7 free phone service for medical enquiries 0800 611 116 Your GP: (write your own GP's number here) Ambulance: For all medical emergencies DIAL 111 Cut out this page and keep it handy over the summer months.
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