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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
22 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2011 NEWS 4242180AA Insulate to stay COOL in summer and WARM in winter Registered service provider Locally owned and operated 50 year performance guarantee Ceiling, walls & underfoor Professional installers Fibreglass, polyester & wool *If your home was built prior 2000 then you are eligible for the ENERGYWISETM Insulation funding. Get 33% OFF up to $1300!! Plus a further $500 OFF a heat pump. There is also the option of paying the balance off on your rates. Conditions apply Call now for a free assessment and quote 0508 468 788 (HOTSTUFF) www.kiweco.co.nz 3959630AI For all your Pool & Spa Chemicals come to your local shop 122c Whakatiki St, Upper Hutt POOL & SPA SHOP Phone 528 8808 www.capitalpools.co.nz OPENING HOURS 8am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday Late night Thursday till 6pm Now open 9am -- 1pm Saturday Free instore water testing Servicing Pools, Spas, Pumps, Valet Service, Chemical Supplies Our programme is based on the children having fun, gaining confidence, enjoying new experiences and having memorable school holidays. •Year5to11 • 7.30 to 5.30 Contact Elaine or Philippe 5284455 • Oscar Approved •Ratio1to8 ENROL NOW HAPPY DAYS HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 3446845AY Ph: 568 3550 www.wastemanagement.co.nz SOME PEOPLE SET THIER CLOCKS BY OUR WHEELIBIN COLLECTION REGULAR AS CLOCKWORK... Solid, dependable, reliable servicing for over 20 years. Pay for 12 months get one FREE *Conditions apply $206 per year 3623965AE 140 Ltr Bin (Weekly Pickups) More gifts welcome New gifts are already arriving at the Upper Hutt Leader for the annual Upper Hutt Red Cross Toy Appeal. Gifts for 0 to 14-year- olds will be distributed to Upper Hutt families through several local agencies. Organiser Orleen Stephens says games, sports gear, books and colouring pencils are all suitable. For early teens she suggests jewellery, toiletries and cosmetics. Bring gifts toUpper Hutt Leader, corner Pine Ave and Queen St, Monday to Friday until Friday, December 16. Car seat warning after baby injured Plunket is urging parents to have their child s car seat restraints checked before the festive season, after a two-week-old baby boy was critically injured in an accident in Auckland last month. The boy spent 12 days in Starship Hospital after suffering head injuries when his car seat came loose in the crash. Plunket s national child safety adviser Sue Campbell says the accident is a reminder of the importance of correct car seat installation. She is calling for parents to get their car seats checked. The Christmas holiday period can be a busy and stressful time for parents and caregivers so now is a good time to check your child s car seat. We recommend that parents and caregivers seek expert assis- tance from a child restraint tech- nician to ensure that your child s car seat fits your vehicle and is installed correctly. Child restraint technicians are available through the Plunket car seat rental scheme, a free service. For information on child restraint technicians, visit plunket.org.nz. 'VIP' service in new lounge Good to go: Medical ward patient Bill Gilmer, pictured with his wife Patricia, registered nurse Jacqui Dyne and clinical nurse manager Gail Berry, said the new discharge lounge was comfortable and a good idea. It will be even more comfortable when new Lazy- boy chairs arrive on December 14. By SIMON EDWARDS A new departure lounge at Hutt Hospital may lack the food, drink and facilities of the airport Koru Club, but there will be La-z-boy chairs and a cup of tea or lunch will come round on the trolley. Medical wards are piloting the discharge lounge, which has the potential to ease pressure on hos- pital beds and deliver a faster, smoother release service for patients and their families. Medical ward clinical nurse manager Gail Berry says it s not uncommon for patients ready to be released from their stay at hos- pital at 9am to still be waiting around four hours later. There s paperwork to be done, perhaps a prescription to be filled. Family members can be run- ning late to pick them up, or don t arrive at all. Hutt Hospital has fewer than 200 beds (52 of them in medical wards) and the cost of an occupied bed to the taxpayer is about $800 a day (higher for some specialty wards). Wait times in the emergency department can be prolonged if there s no bed free in a suitable ward to admit a patient. The discharge ward will have La-z-boy chairs (arriving next week) and two beds. Suitable patients can wait in comfort for whoever is picking them up to arrive. A registered nurse, Jacqui Dyne, is dedicated to their care, and to finalising discharge sum- mary reports for GPs, making sure prescriptions are filled, etc. She ll work her way through a checklist to ensure everything is ready for the patient to leave the hospital. Mrs Berry says getting these procedures done now can be rather ad hoc , with duties split between busy nurses and doctors. Because there is a dedicated staff member, there s time for the patient to ask any questions, and to ensure they understand [about prescribed medicines]. They re not feeling they re being pushed out, Mrs Berry says. Discharges tend to peak at around 3-5pm, but with the new discharge lounge the aim is to bring that back to 11am-1pm. It s not a new concept; hospitals in Wellington, Rotorua, Auckland and other centres have such dis- charge lounges, Mrs Berry says. Hutt Valley DHB chief operat- ing officer Peter Chandler told board members that after a fort- night of operation, the trial dis- charge lounge had already saved the equivalent of 20 bed days. There will be close auditing of benefits and disadvantages. A review will be done after three months, and if the trial is judged successful another lounge could be established for surgical patients next year. It is of paramount importance that we achieve further reductions in length of stay this financial year, as beds will be under pres- sure from increased major orthopaedics activity necessary to meet six month [elective surgery] wait times, Mr Chandler says. A patient in the discharge lounge said the lounge was com- fortable and the service was a con- tinuation of the VIP treatment you get in here . Bill Gilmer, who has an arti- ficial heart valve and pacemaker, said he d been in and out of Hutt Hospital over the past 25 years and in his opinion the service is 100 per cent better -- and it was pretty good to start with .
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