North Shore Times : February 12th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 16 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 Dodson Medical Centre Milford Dodson Medical Centre Milford 4 Dodson Ave, Milford, Northshore 0620 Telephone: 09 486 5482 SPECIAL OFFER FREE meet & greet a Doctor 5min appointment. No obligation Introducing our team of doctors at Dodson Medical Centre Introducing our team of doctors at Dodson Medical Centre Dr's Sue Loughlin,Paul Stoddart, Luke Ivancevic and Chris Maud Our books are open, all new patients and their families are welcome. We now offer late Appointments Monday to Thursday Dodson Medical is a long standing, well established family practice. Our values are family orientated, with quality service and your own regular doctor in comfortable surroundings. We will remain a family practice and will not be joining any large amalgamated super clinics. We offer all our patients free nurse led screening clinics for; Cardio Vascular Disease (risk aged 45-79) Asthma Checks; Diabetes Checks; B4 School Checks. All our doctors perform minor surgery on site. Locums are only employed for holiday cover full eye exam including retinal photos for just full eye exam including retinal photos for just $55 conditions apply Prescription may only be taken when full exam fee is paid Offer expires 28 February 2013 44 Corinthian Drive, Albany Ph: 414 4484, E: email@example.com SPECIAL EYES NZ's INDEPENDENT OPTOMETRISTS 5154736AA VASECTOMY 57 Shakespeare Road -- Milford Dr John Russell Ph 486-3097 Over 4500 procedures performed with personalised care, and excellent results 5169667AA Early detection saving lives There was good news for North Shore residents in 2012 -- people living in the Waitemata District Health Board catchment have the lowest cancer death rates in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health s annual Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2009 revealed four DHBs -- Waitemata, Capital & Coast, Nelson Marlborough and Canter- bury -- have death rates from can- cer significantly lower than the national average; Waitemata had the lowest cancer death rates of all 21 DHBs. The findings indicate a continu- ation of a trend. Waitemata also had the lowest cancer death rates of all 21 DHBs between 2006 and 2008. During recent years, the DHB has actively sought ways to fur- ther improve cancer detection. In 2011, it began a four year national bowel cancer screening pilot programme, the first of its kind in New Zealand, which will continue this year. Latest figures released from the first year of the pilot (up to the end of September 2012) show 33 people taking part were found to have bowel cancer, but early detection may have saved a num- ber from premature death. In total, 22,852 samples had been returned 1456 positive results 962 follow-up colonoscopies were performed 704 of these people had polyps detected or removed 35 cancers were detected in 33 people. The four year pilot programme is free to Waitemata DHB residents aged 50-74 who are eli- gible for publicly funded health- care. Approximately 134,000 people will be invited to do a simple test for bowel cancer. It is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer overall for both men and women in New Zealand and the second leading cause of death from cancer, killing 100 people a month. International studies show a bowel screening programme can save lives through early diagnosis and intervention. The BowelScreening Pilot s clinical director, Mr Mike Hulme- Moir, says feedback shows men and women in the Waitemata DHB area are responding well to the invitations to participate in the pilot. He attributes this in part to the support shown to the pilot from general practitioners. This is the first invitation- based screening programme ever carried out in this country and the first to involve general practition- ers in the screening process. They have done a great job so far of supporting the pilot. He says bowel cancer can be present with few or even no warn- ing signs or symptoms. However, symptoms may include blood in your bowel motion or changes in your normal pattern of going to the toilet that continue for several weeks, for example: diarrhoea, constipation or a feeling your bowel doesn t empty completely. If you have symptoms see your doctor now, says Mr Hulme-Moir. Meanwhile, Waitemata DHB chief executive Dr Dale Bramley says in Waitemata alone more than 100 people die from bowel cancer each year. It is hoped the screening programme will help reduce these deaths. A lot of work has gone into ensuring that cancers are caught early and, if cancer is diagnosed, for treatment to be provided as quickly as possible. We are con- stantly looking at ways to further improve the cancer detection pathway for our population. He says there is also a strong emphasis on encouraging positive lifestyle choices among the dis- trict s population. For information on the bowel screening programme, call the coordination centre on 0800 924 432 or visit www.bowelscreening waitemata.co.nz. 'Package of care' coming North Shore residents are set for fas- ter and more efficient elective surgery with the Waitemata District Health Board to implement a package of care model at its $39 million Elective Sur- gery Centre (ESC) being built at North Shore Hospital. Under this model, surgeons and anaesthetists are paid a single fee for the entire patient episode. For the sur- geon, this includes undertaking the operation and all of the postoperative care. The model is a specialist led and delivered service. Those surgeons and anaesthetists participating in it are Waitemata DHB staff who undertake this in addition to their normal duties at the DHB. Waitemata DHB has been piloting this package of care model since 2010 at Waitakere Hospital. The results of the pilot, subject to extensive internal and external review, found: reduced theatre times, enabling 20 to 30 per cent more surgeries to be performed during the same period of time; patients spending less time in hos- pital, as they recovered faster; Savings in surgical costs; high levels of staff and patient satisfaction. ESC director and orthopaedic sur- geon Dr John Cullen says under the package of care model, patients are looked after by the same medical team throughout their procedure and hos- pital stay, which is important to long- term care and patient satisfaction. Ensuring a consistent surgeon, anaesthetist and nursing team and the ability to do similar operations on the same operating list has contributed to the success of the pilot. Waitemata DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley says the need for additional surgical capacity and new models of care is very real. We have the largest and second fastest growing population of all 20 DHBs in New Zealand. It is also a population that is aging at a rapid rate. Combined, these factors create an ever-increasing demand for both acute and elective surgery. Dr Cullen says one of the key aims of the ESC is to provide elective surgery at 80 per of the national price (the average price for a particular pro- cedure to be performed anywhere in New Zealand), while maintaining a high standard of care. The package of care model allowed Waitemata DHB to reduce the amount of work previously outsourced to the private sector at a higher cost, provid- ing savings of approximately $3.5 mil- lion per year which has been invested in further elective surgery. Once completed in July, the ESC will provide four more operating thea- tres, 40 inpatient beds, a post- anaesthesia care unit, five outpatient consulting rooms and four pre- admission assessment rooms. It will be one of the most medically advanced elective surgery centres in New Zealand, and will be staffed by a workforce of around 80 people. The ESC is expected to undertake nearly 6000 operations per year.
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