North Shore Times : January 22nd 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 5 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 22, 2013 NEWS 1. Terms and Conditions apply; please visit w w w.westernunion.co.nz or any Western Union Agent location for details. 2012 Western Union Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reser ved. WES2366/NST/QP4C Lalong sasaya ang Christmas dahil sa Western Union Jingle Bell Box! Gamitin lang ang Western Union Money TransferSM service para magpadala ng pera sa 'Pinas at automatically entered ka na sa raffle draw. Thirty (30) lucky people will each win a balikbayan box with $200 worth of goodies. Kaya magpadala na and have a Merry Christmas with Western Union ! Promotion runs until 31 January 2013. 0800 005 253 westernunion.co.nz MAGPADALA SA 'PINAS AND GET A CHANCE TO WIN A JINGLE BELL BOX1 Mas merry na ang Christmas! This photo is a representation. Actual contents of the box may vary. NZ Carpet Dealer of the Year TWICE 91 WAIRAU RD, GLENFIELD | P. 443 5746 www.billhayward.co.nz | OPEN SATURDAY 10AM-2PM SUMMER SPECIAL FREE UNDERLAY on a Huge range of Carpets With any new carpet order for delivery in January or February 5078740AD Op shop at Takapuna looking for name Age Concern North Shore is running a competition to name its new op shop in Takapuna. The op shop will create an income for the charity, whose costs are only half covered by service contracts. Executive officer Janferie Bryce-Chapman says: Age Concern is sustained by the generous people of the North Shore and we want them to have a say in what we call it. Enter your idea by email- ing email@example.com or send to Age Concern, 177B Shakespeare Rd, Milford by January 31. The winner will receive a small prize. Volunteers are needed to assist in the shop and sort, price and wash items. Ms Bryce-Chapman says carpenters are also needed to help put up shelving. Every contribution will help us make this a great, intergenerational, social enterprise that will sustain our most vulnerable older people, she says. Items for donation can be dropped off to 177B Shake- speare Rd, Milford, or call 489 4987 for collection. Mental health unit welcomed Exciting prospect: Former mental health patient Denise Allen is excited at the announcement of a new mental health unit to replace the outdated Taharoto facility pictured in the background. Photo: MARYKE PENMAN By MARYKE PENMAN A former mental health patient turned advocate says Waitemata DHB s announce- ment of a $25 million mental health facility is a great relief. Denise Allen, author of a regular newsletter for those living with mental health issues, says it is a comfort to know that patients will no longer have to put up with the archaic Taharoto unit. Ms Allen was admitted to the facility two decades ago with postnatal psychosis. Up until 10 years ago Ms Allen was admitted to the unit on 10 separate occa- sions, some voluntarily, and says she felt unsafe and alone during her time there. That place was archaic 20 years ago, I hate to think what it is like now. There were four people to a room and you ve actually got men and women in the same rooms. You go to sleep and you have no idea what might be going on around you. It was frightening. Taharoto Mental Health Unit is housed in a converted 1950s maternity building on the North Shore Hospital site. Waitemata District Health Board chairman Lester Levy admits the unit is in desper- ate need of attention and says the replacement is another milestone in the renaissance of North Shore Hospital. On a visit to Taharoto last year North Shore MP Mag- gie Barry says her fears were confirmed that the unit is indeed a ghastly institution. If you didn t have mental health issues when you arrived then you probably would by the time you left. Ms Allen says she hopes the new unit will provide an environment to speed up, rather than hamper, patients recoveries. I am pretty excited about this facility. It would be great if they provide a secure area to go outside, have security in rooms and sepa- ration of male and female patients. The new 46-bed unit will be built on the old car park site next to Carmel College on Shakespeare Rd and is hoped to be complete by late 2014. Plans include the use of natural lighting and thera- peutic spaces to improve both patient and visitor experiences.
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