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Upper Hutt Leader : September 28th 2011
Hospital cases can be cut Preventing illness: Elizabeth Lucie-Smith wants to reduce the number of people needing hospitalisation. Photo: JIM CHIPP One tenth of Hutt Hospital inpatients need not have been admitted had there been earlier intervention. That s the finding of a study by Hutt Valley District Health analy- sis, planning and funding man- ager Elizabeth Lucie-Smith. Cellulitis topped the list of such complaints, with almost 400 cases in the study year ending Sept- ember 2009 -- and it was on the rise. Asthma and gastroenteritis were close behind in a list of 16 conditions that led to preventable admissions. The cost of the unnecessary hos- pitalisation was a significant share of the hospital s budget, Ms Lucie-Smith said. There was a growing proportion of older people in the community with more health needs and the board s budget had not increased proportionally. Either we reduce what we are doing for some people or we build more space. We ve got 19 people in the hospital every day who have one of these conditions -- three quarters of a ward. Naenae, Taita and Wainuio- mata residents were over- represented in the preventable admission figures, as were Maori and Pacific people. Under the Health Ministry s deprivation index, in which 10 is the most deprived, there is a local large spike in decile seven people with diseases manageable without hospitalisation if there is early treatment. Decile 9 and 10 admissions are lower. Mrs Lucie-Smith said many social programmes and low-cost health services focused on deciles nine and 10 but people in deciles seven and eight were often strug- gling, although they were in work. If you can t afford to put good food on the table, your children will be sick. There were things health services could do to catch patients before they become seriously ill. Simple messages could be given to people, such as hand-washing, cleaning and covering cuts, and treating eczema and athlete s foot. Whanau Ora runs a skin clinic in Wainuiomata and there is an eczema clinic at the hospital. However, there needed to be a national push, Mrs Lucie-Smith said. - by Jim Chipp 49 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 NEWS Huge swimming pool heads off to Kaipara Difficult turn: This giant swimming pool was strapped to a house-moving truck to be driven from Upper Hutt to Kaipara Harbour. By JIMMY NESS Huge pool: The interior of this 80,000-litre pool is framed to weigh it down so it does not catch the air during transport. Photo: JIMMY NESS A mammoth 80,000-litre swim- ming pool was strapped to the back of a house-moving truck and transported across the North Island this week. Capital Pools owner Dennis Jef- feries built and designed the fibreglass pool, which was driven to the Kaipara Harbour yesterday and today. He says the pool, which is worth about $60,000, will be used in a public outdoor area. [The buyer] just asked me if I could do a 16-metre by four-metre pool. A lot goes into it. It takes us three weeks to make. That s one of the biggest ones to be transported. The truck carrying the pool could only travel between 9am and 5pm to avoid peak traffic. It would take about two days to reach Kaipara Harbour at an average speed of about 65kmh. Transport co-ordinator Dean Callister says they spent about seven hours weighing the pool down for the journey. The biggest factor with a swim- ming pool is it s very light so it catches the wind. This is a large pool, but it s still three quarters the volume of a house shift. It s twice the width of a standard B train. Mr Callister says they are hoping for dry weather because otherwise they will have to use buckets to empty the pool. Beauty praised St Hilda s Anglican Church cel- ebrated New Zealand s natural beauty during Conservation Week. They held a special Sunday ser- vice on September 11 to promote biodiversity and the church was decorated with nature posters. A large banner of a photo of river rapids was also borrowed from Forest and Bird and featured across the front of the sanctuary. Last Tuesday, a group of 24, including 15 Upper Hutt Girl Guides doing their conservation badge, listened to a speech from Porirua City Council harbour strategy co-ordinator Keith Cal- der. He emphasised how import- ant clean water is to a healthy environment for the Porirua Har- bour and the process to get the community to support the project. Fish and Game New Zealand chief executive Bryce Johnson also spoke about the need for streams and rivers to be clean and sustain- able for stream life, recreational use, and the tourist industry. WHAT IS CELLULITIS? Cellulitis is a skin infection, which can spread from a cut or a scratch into surrounding soft tissue. In the year ending September 2009, 392 cases took up 1014 Hutt Hospital bed days that were considered preventable. It is a serious condition that can lead to necrotising fascilitis or sep- ticaemia and amputations or worse, said Ms Lucie-Smith. A number of factors were behind its rise. Parents were less likely to have the support and advice from live-in grandparents and more chil- dren were living in poor conditions with poor nutrition. Small changes had also contri- buted to the increase, such as schools removing soap from bathrooms because children made a mess with it. What to look for Redness or swelling larger than a 10 cent piece, not necessarily right at the site of a wound. It can be caused by untreated eczema or athlete s foot. How to prevent it Handwashing, treat eczema and athlete s foot. Wash and cover cuts. What to do if you think you have it See a doctor. You will need antibiotics to treat it. Jewellery taken A cameo brooch with a serpent head and a gold brooch were stolen from a Tawai St, Upper Hutt, address on August 5. If you have information please call Upper Hutt constable Janine Laing on 527 2300 or Crime- Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
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