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Upper Hutt Leader : August 17th 2011
14 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 17, 2011 Hutt Valley Health Highlights August 2011 Health Passport trial We are trialling the Health and Disability Commission's 'Health Passport' before it goes natonal. The Passport is a document you can fll in to let health professionals know anything you think would help them with your treatment or care. The passport is available online at www.hdc.org.nz or from the main entry foyer in Hut Hospital, Lower Hut or Upper Hut Citzens' Advice Bureau, or phone (04) 806 2436 to be posted one. If you need help to fll in your passport, please ask a friend, family member or support worker to help. Sharon Downs, Natonwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service, is also available to help Hut Valley people fll in their Health Passport. Contact Sharon directly on (04) 570 0850 or phone 0800 555 050 and ask for Sharon. To improve the Health Passport before it is rolled out natonally, we would love to hear if you used your Health Passport and what you thought of it. To give your feedback, please fll out the survey at www.hdc.org.nz, email firstname.lastname@example.org, free phone 0800 11 22 33 or fax (09) 373 1061. .......................................................... Finances on track Despite economic conditons, we are on track with our defcit reducton plans. We are fnding beter ways of doing things and improving efciencies to ensure we stay within our budget and maintain our current services. .......................................................... Board meetings Community & Public Health Advisory Commitee 9.00am Monday 22 August 2011 Capital & Coast DHB Boardroom Hospital Advisory Commitee 9.30am Friday 26 August 2011 Hut Valley DHB Boardroom Board Meetng 1.00pm Friday 2 September 2011 Hut Valley DHB Boardroom Disability Support Advisory Commitee 1.00pm Monday 19 September 2011 Hut Valley DHB Boardroom ' 566 6999 8 www.hutvalleydhb.org.nz Healthy People Healthy Communities Healthy Families Virginia Hope Wayne Guppy Katy Austn David Basset Debbie Chin Peter Douglas Peter Glensor Keith Hindle Ken Laban David Ogden Iris Pahau John Terris New building nearly ready Afer 20 months of constructon, our new theatre and emergency department complex is almost complete. The facility has been built to the highest standards and designed to meet the needs of the Hut Valley for the foreseeable future. Fletcher Constructon has handed over the keys, and we are now installing all our medical equipment. This includes operatng theatre lights, patent monitors, a new digital x-ray machine in the emergency department and high-tech equipment for cleaning surgical instruments for the sterile services unit. On 5 September the Emergency Department and Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU) will move, followed by the Theatres, which will be operatonal on 12 September. Planning for phase 2 of the development is already underway. This refurbishment phase starts in September and goes through to July next year. The 'old' Emergency Department and theatres will be stripped out, with the excepton of fracture clinic, and refted as a new ICU, Endoscopy and Medical Day Unit. In October 2011 we will remove the clip-on theatres which have served us so well over the last few years. Come and see for yourself - Once! We'd love to show you the new operatng theatres and emergency department and, not meaning to sound rude, we hope it's the only tmeyouhavetovisitus! The public open day is on Saturday 27 August from 10am -- 2pm with guided tours through the new complex. Tours will run every 4-5 minutes, in groups of about 15 people, startng at a well-marked door near the front entrance to the new building. Tours will be guided by clinical staf, and take around 30 minutes. You'll see the state-of-the-art operatng theatre and recovery suite and check out some of the specialist equipment that saves lives in the emergency department. You'll also glimpse 'The Tree Hut', a specially designed area for children's emergency treatment, modelling the best of 'distracton therapy' with wildlife murals and actvites, and a child-controlled train weaving through the branches of treetops. There is ample parking onsite, in the carparking building and the carpark next to the new ambulance bay. Your doctor knows you best There is no doubt the 'old' emergency department was too small, but the last thing we want with the opening of the new one is to be swamped with people who have chosen to come to hospital for conditons that are beter treated by their GP. Your doctor knows you best and you should always go to them for treatment of coughs, colds, minor injuries, viral illnesses, if you are generally feeling unwell or your conditon is not getng beter. Emergency departments provide specialist and life saving treatment for patents and should only be used when it is an emergency. If you are unsure if you need urgent medical care you can phone your doctor any tme of the day or night for free advice. If you call outside their normal open hours, you will automatcally be transferred to the free Nurse Triage Service for advice. There are also two afer hours services in the Hut Valley if you need to see a GP in the weekend, evening or on a public holiday. For informaton about GP practces and afer hours services in the Hut Valley visit our website www.hutvalleydhb.org.nz
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