Western Leader : February 4th 2011
6 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 NEWS Want Quality and Free education for your child? Spaces available now in all areas, plus 3-5 year olds in our free Kindy room* Meals included 32 Arawa Street, New Lynn Call Jeanette 09 827 3379 firstname.lastname@example.org *conditions apply NEW LUXURY CHILDCARE For a take off in life 3409731AD If you're looking for that special place for your child then come and pay us a visit. Nestled next to Summerland Primary School, our purpose-built centre offers: Ü Quality care for children from 3mths to 5yrs Ü A clean and safe environment Ü Excellent staff to child ratios Ü A quality educational programme Phone 837 7300 64 Summerland Drive Henderson Heights BEAR PARK EST 1986 e UNDER 2's OPEN DAY Saturday 19th February 10.00 - 12.00 Come, let's explore together! 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When I started I was shocked to see the fourth theatre room was being used as a storeroom. I took a pic- ture of it and would look at it every day.'' He says staff at Waitakere have greater job satisfaction now it's open because they can work on more complex surgical cases. We're doing total hip and knee joints at Waitakere now. That had never been done here before.'' The next stage is to open another 10 beds in March to cope with the extra post- operative patients. Waitakere was a sleepy hollow for surgery. Now the place is pumping,'' he says. In November Dr Levy's responsibilities doubled when he became chairman of the Auckland District Health Board as well as Waitemata. Whether sharing a board chair could mean some west Auckland patients end up at Auckland Hospital hasn't been decided yet. But for patients there are a lot more options on the table,'' he says. Dr Levy says the board is saving money through a pilot programme where surgeons are taking on extra hours to do operations that would pre- viously have been sent to pri- vate providers -- with Waite- mata footing the bill. One of our surgeons sug- gested that we could do these operations more cheaply and more productively ourselves. It means some surgeons are choosing to work more hours to take on those cases. But they're working in tight surgical teams where the surgeon looks after the patient until they're discharged. The staff are really enjoying it. We are paying 40 to 60 percent less than the private fee. What's important is that we're doing more surgery for less money. It's a pilot that will finish in April and then we'll look at doing something different,'' Dr Levy says. Maureen Wood, chairwoman of Waitakere Health Link, the organisation that presents the commun- ity's views on health issues to the board, says it's good to see Waitakere Hospital offering more surgical services. We have lobbied over the years for more services and I have to say we've been listened to. The minister of health and the board have listened and provided more services. I'm not sure if it will ever be a fully fledged hospital -- it's probably not feasible in terms of funding to do every- thing in every hospital. But I do believe a lot of effort has gone into providing a better service.'' Waitakere Hospital's emergency care centre is due to open 24 hours a day from next month. Summer season highlights child safety risks Summer is an exciting time for Kiwi families. With the days longer and sunnier, it offers an excellent time for trips to the beach, bush, and a variety of outdoor activi- ties. Summer however is also called the Trauma Season' among medical professionals due to the dramatic increase in pre- ventable deaths and serious injuries to chil- dren Unfortunately sum- mer injuries aren't lim- ited to skinned knees and scraped elbows. New Zealand has some of the highest rates of prevent- able child injuries within the OECD, which rises sharply during the sum- mer months,'' says Ann Weaver, Director of Safe- kids New Zealand. Along with high temperatures and sun- shine, this holiday period brought with it many incidents of the following injuries: Kids seriously burned after causing fire after playing with lighters and matches, falling into hot pools, and by spilt hot drinks and kettles. Drowning and near drowning at beaches, rivers and pools, and kids getting into serious trouble while playing in vessels on open water. Kids falling, crashing, loosing control at speed downhill, and children struck by vehicles while cycling. Children injured and killed in car crashes, some unrestrained. Chil- dren left in cars or left to play around cars unsupervised. Also reported in the media were children seriously injured or killed after being run over on home driveways and church car parks, by lawnmowers, poisoning injuries, falls, and in collisions and crashes with trains, cars and motorcycles. According to Safekids, information and inter- ventions to prevent these injuries are already available. As parents and caregivers, we all have to do better at taking res- ponsibility and control of protecting our children, ensuring they are adequately supervised and safe at all times,'' Ann says. Safekids' top tips his summer season: Keep lighters and matches out of reach and out of sight, and beware of children when holding a hot cup of tea, coffee or kettle. When in unfamiliar surroundings, always stay within sight and reach of young ones (one to five years). Actively supervise older kids (six to 14 years) when they are in, on and around water. Encourage kids to learn bike skills and safety, and insist that they wear a helmet. Check for children before driving off, and teach kids not to play in driveways and car parks. Kids should use a child restraint or booster seat until they are 148cm tall. For more information in keeping kids safe at home, at play and on the road, visit www.safekids.org.nz.
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