North Shore Times : February 12th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 17 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 5172237AA Do you suffer from Heartburn? (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease GORD) Are you dependent on anti-reflux medications? Waitemata DHB is researching EndoStim as a potential treatment for refractory GORD. You may qualify for the study if you are an adult currently being treated for GORD and are interested in a minimally-invasive surgical solution for your reflux. EndoStim is a surgically placed neurostimulator that delivers targeted electrical pulses to the lower oesophageal sphincter via a small surgically implanted pacemaker. In clinical trials EndoStim has been shown to improve GORD symptoms and oesophageal function and get patients off medication. You need to be aged between 21 and 70, have a BMI less than 35 and are taking regular antireflux medication. For more information please contact: Bronwen Jones Clinical Nurse Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org These patients are considered refractory Up to 40% of GORD patients continue to suffer symptoms despite medication therapy. Best Care for Everyone Turning 75 in 2013? If you are a Waitemata resident between the ages of 50-74, you may be eligible to participate in a FREE bowel screening programme o ered by Waitemata DHB to check for early signs of bowel cancer. Call 0800 924 432 before you turn 75 and we will send you an information pack and a test kit. Once you turn 75, you will no longer be eligible to take part in this programme. Check Yourself Out News to make you smile It is now well known that poor dental health may contribute to other con- ditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular dis- ease which means taking care of our teeth should be a priority -- and, like many other preventative health measures, it s best to begin when we are young. So this year starts with some news worth smiling about. Three new school den- tal clinics are now open in the Waitemata Dis- trict Health Board region, which includes the North Shore, Rodney and West Auckland, completing the DHB s three-year $12.3 million programme to provide modern and comfortable dental facilities for local children and families. The new clinics -- in Birkenhead, Glen Eden and Westgate -- take the number of modernised school dental clinics in the Waitemata district to 11. In addition to the fixed clinics, seven den- tal vans and 15 trans- portable dental units covering 48 locations are also in operation. In total, these cater to some 92,000 children and young adults aged under 18 in the district. Auckland Regional Dental Service opera- tions manager Helene May says the new clinics are a big improvement. The last school dental clinics in our district were built in the 1960s, so this is a significant step up from what most schools had before we started our modernis- ation programme, Ms May says. The clinics -- along with the vans and trans- portable dental units -- all come equipped with the latest x-ray facilities, enabling quick, easy diagnosis. They are also bright and spacious, with room for parents and children to attend appointments together. She says the modern- ised facilities enable the service to work in part- nership with parents and caregivers more easily, enabling a greater focus on prevention. This is being made possible through: Increased enrolments of pre-school children, in particular Maori and Pacific children who have lower dental access rates Increased opportunities to provide early preven- tive treatment as x-ray facilities are now avail- able on-site Extended hours, with clinics open outside school hours and during school holidays. The old clinics also used to open and close as the dental therapist rotated between schools, making it difficult for the public to know where to go. The community now has one base clinic that will be open all year Increasing parent, whanau and caregiver participation through oral healthcare edu- cation Increased availability of information through the national 0800 TALK TEETH number. Free dental care is available for children through the Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS). To enrol your child for this free service, you ll need to complete an enrolment form. For pre-schoolers, con- tact the dental clinic at the school closest to you -- these are listed in the White Pages under the school name -- and the dental therapist will either take your details and contact you at a later date or make an appointment straight away. There is a Freephone number people can call to find their nearest clinic: 0800 Talkteeth or 0800 825583. Plunket or your GP may ask you to fill out an enrolment form and then send it to the ARDS administration office. An initial appointment letter will be posted to you asking you to attend the ARDS dental clinic closest to your home address. Most pre-schoolers need 12 to 18 month visits to the ARDS den- tal clinic. In some cases where there may be a problem, the visits will be sooner. The free dental care ARDS provides con- tinues when your child begins school (Years 1-8). If your child starts school and is not already enrolled with ARDS, you will receive an enrolment form as part of the school registration process. Signing the enrolment form allows the therapist to examine the child only; all treatments including cleaning must have parent/guardian consent. Regardless of whether your child is still at school, they are still enti- tled to free dental care -- and that includes those who are in paid employ- ment -- until their 18th birthday. Not all dentists pro- vide this service so it is important to find one who has a contract with your district health board to treat adolescent patients. North Shore to get a new mental health unit A new mental health unit will be built on the North Shore to meet the needs of a growing population. The Waitemata District Health Board s $25 million 46-bed devel- opment, on Shakespeare Rd next to North Shore Hospital, will house mental health services cur- rently being delivered out of a converted 1950s ex-maternity unit building. DHB chairman Dr Lester Levy says the new purpose-built facility will include dedicated therapeutic spaces which will enable staff to use a range of modern treatment methods to help mental health clients. Waitemata s clinical director for mental health services, Dr Mur- ray Patton, says the new building will remain close to the main hos- pital tower block, which provides ready access to diagnostics and other medical specialists. Dr Patton says this is crucial when caring for those with other associated health conditions. In addition, the DHB plans to work with a number of non- governmental organisations (NGOs) to provide a further 17 beds in the community. This will aid the development of mental health acute residential services for North Shore and Rod- ney people. Dr Patton says such acute resi- dential services are well- established internationally and have already been developed in other parts of New Zealand. These are services that are located within the community close to a community mental health team, he says. They enable us to provide care, support and short term accommo- dation to those with less serious mental health issues. Building on the new centre, to replace the Taharoto Unit, is expected to start this year with completion by the end of 2014.
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