Horowhenua Chronicle 29-11-13
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After-hours clinic set to openLVN271113pjfdoctors
JOINT EFFORT: The peopleinvolved in getting a better after-hoursmedical service intoaction, from left: Sandra Lester,general manager HorowhenuaCommunity Practice, Dr ChrisLane, After-Hours Practiceproject manager HannahWatson, practicemanager ofMasonicMedical Centre, DrGraham Irving.
Confusion onwhere to find anafter-hours doctors is at an end,centralised after-hours servicesbegins onMonday at theHealthcentre on Liverpool Street and isseen to be amajor step forwardfor the community and visitorswho holiday inHorowhenua onan annual basis.
The revamped after-hourssystem aims tomake it easier forpeople to find and access ageneral practitioner or practicenurse outside of normal workinghours.
FromMonday, all of thedistricts doctors will contributeto the newHorowhenuaAfter-hours Clinic that will operate outof theHorowhenuaHealthCentre on Liverpool St, Levin.
Projectmanager HannahWatson said the clinic, for acuteor urgent appointments, wouldtake themystery out of where theafter-hours servicewas and thehours it was open.
Local GPs discussed varioussolutions and agreed that acentralisedmodel is the bestsolution they can offerHorowhenua residents needingto see a doctor or nurse after-hours.
The upshot is everyonewillknowwhere andwhen they canfind theHorowhenuaAfter-hours Clinic, MsWatson.
The clinic will operate everyweek night from 5pm to 7.30pmand from 8am to 5.30pm on
weekends and public holidays.People should phone in to
make appointments, but walk-inswill also be accepted.
Horowhenua residents willcontinue to be able to use thenational Healthline nurse adviceservice or travel to city doctorsin PalmerstonNorth if they needto see a doctorwhen theHorowhenua after-hours serviceis closed.
Aswithmost semi-ruraldistricts the size of Horowhenua,we simply cant afford to runservices to 10pm, so people doneed to plan ahead asmuch aspossible and get in to see the GPor nursewhen the after-hoursclinic is open, MsWatson said.
Whats planned is a
Horowhenua response to thelocal Horowhenua health issues.
MsWatson said the after-hours servicewas a fee-payingservice and, while the fees hadbeen reduced on average, thecost to visit an after-hours doctorwasmore expensive thanvisiting a doctor during normalworking hours.
An additional DHB subsidywill allow the after-hours serviceto be free to children under sixyears of age.
At present, people need to gothroughHealthline to accessafter-hours care and speak to anursewho assesses theirsituation. Only after a phoneassessmentwill Healthlineadvise themwhich doctor is on
duty andwhere they can belocated.
MsWatson said some peoplehad been frustrated by this andsimply hung up onHealthlineand driven around town lookingfor a doctor on duty or justheaded straight to PalmerstonNorth.
We think the solution thathas been agreed to by all thedistricts doctors will make ahuge difference and provide amuch better service. she said.
During the hours the clinic isopen, the people phoning theirregular practice will be putstraight through to the after-hours clinic. Therewill also bean extended hours clinicoperating on Thursday evenings
at DrKirstin SauermannsQueen St East surgery at 538Queen St Levin, recognising thatmany people work out of town orare unable to see a GP during theday.
This is in addition to the after-hours clinic and people will befree to choose either service on aThursday.
The TeWaiora team are alsoassessing if they can providesome extended hours clinics forFoxton and Shannon next year.
MsWatson said therewas apossibility of furtherimprovements over time. Wewill review how the service isoperating and look for continualimprovements. For now, we arereally pleasedwithwhatwe areable to offer the community intime for the festive season andholiday period, she said.
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Life still good after 70 years
LVN291113pjfannaversaryHAPPYAFTER 70 YEARS:Michael and Joan Brown celebrate their 70th weddinganniversary today, a feat reached through a few simple rules, including being patient.
By PETER FRANKLIN
Joan andMichael Browns honeymoonwascut short byWorldWar II but theirmarriagehas spanned 70 years and theyre lookingforward tomanymore.
The couple said I do onNovember 29,1943 at a small chapel in Oxford, England.Joanwas in theAuxiliary TerritorialService (ATS) andMichael the navy. Joannever letsMichael forget the fact he owesher seven shillings and sixpence (75c) fortheir wedding licence.
They firstmet when Joanwas 14 andMichael was 17.
Joan left the Girl Guidemovement a shorttime later. Wewere not supposed toassociate with boys, so I gave up theGuides,she said.
The couple never imagined seven decadeslater theywould be husband andwife livingon the other side of theworld inNewZealand.
In 1956 the couple, accompanied bydaughter Ann, then 9, headed toNewZealand aboard the Captain Cook.Michael
had a job offer with the Electric PowerBoard.
The shipwas delayed and the jobwasgonewhenwe arrived, Michael said.Withno job and very littlemoney in a foreigncountry the Browns were grateful when fatestepped in.
A job in BlenheimwithWrightStevensons came up, Michael said.
Accepting the position theymoved to asmall cottage in Spring Creek, being offeredamortgage throughWright Stevensons theybought their own home.
The couple lived in Blenheimuntil 1994when theymade themove north to Levin.
Asked to share the secret of their longmarriage, they both have admit they havehad their differences.
Anyonewho says they have gonethroughmarried life without an argument isa liar,Joan said.
Weve hadmore than one disagreement.You have t