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Twas the week before Christmas

Posted by CEO Blog on 20 December 2016 |

This is my last blog for 2016 and in the run up to Christmas, I’d like to thank you for your commitment and hard work this year.

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Community Central

Posted by CEO Blog on 16 December 2016 |

I have regularly talked about the need to better integrate health services in our community and while we have a good sense of what is happening across the Hospital, thanks to Middlemore Central, we need a similar system in our community so we have an overview of where our patients are and the care they require. This is what Community Central aims to do. To tell us more I’m joined by Penny Magud, General Manager Eastern Locality and Pam Hill, Service Development Manager Community Central.

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The story of our District Health Board

Posted by CEO Blog on 8 December 2016 |

Our Quality Accounts are just as important as our financial accounts. Where our financial accounts tell us how we are using our money, the Quality Accounts tell us a great deal about how we are living up to the ‘granny test’ and providing the care we would wish for our loved ones to receive. In my time here I have always said that clinical quality is the only game in town. At the end of the day providing safe and high quality care to our patients is a key priority and while the Quality Accounts tell us how we are doing, it also tells a great story about how we continue to improve the care we provide. That’s a huge testament to everyone’s hard work. To tell us more about the Quality Accounts I’m joined by Gloria Johnson, Chief Medical Officer and Jo Rankine, Quality Assurance Manager.

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Is our general practice model of care fit for purpose?

Posted by Campbell Brebner on 2 December 2016 |

I recently returned from sabbatical overseas and one comment made to me by a GP in England sticks in my mind.  He said, “You know what, it’s too easy to be a bad GP here now”.

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Counties Manukau District Health Board members now appointed

Posted by Communications Team on 2 December 2016 |

Counties Manukau District Health Board members now appointed

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In service to our community

Posted by Geraint Martin on 30 November 2016 |

Today was the last meeting of our current Counties Manukau District Health Board, which means saying good bye to some great board members who have been guiding our DHB over the past few years. In particular I’d like to acknowledge the great work, support and leadership from Dr Lee Mathias, who has been our Chair for the past three years. It’s a real honour to hand over my blog to Lee to reflect on her time at CM Health.

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Looking out for one another

Posted by CEO Blog on 24 November 2016 |

I want to use this blog to reflect on the recent earthquakes in Christchurch, Wellington and Bay of Plenty. For those affected, it’s been a deeply unsettling time, leaving physical, mental and emotional scars. I’ve only experienced one earthquake in my lifetime and that was in Wellington. I was at the airport at the time and heard this loud rumbling sound, followed by the flickering of lights. Everyone was silent and while it only lasted a few minutes, it was significant enough to rattle many of the people around me. While the latest earthquakes were on a larger scale than what I experienced, I think we tend to underestimate the physical and psychological impacts it can have – not just during the earthquake but in the weeks, months and years to follow. People have lost their lives, their homes, their livelihoods and their peace of mind. For many this is not the first time they have had to pick up the pieces and rebuild. In fact, in the past year, NZ has experienced 189 earthquakes and a thousand more aftershocks!

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Diabetes epidemic demands more of everyone

Posted by CEO Blog on 17 November 2016 |

According to latest figures, 34,000 people are living with diabetes in Counties Manukau and those are just the people we know about. That’s thousands of people who are coping daily with a complex disease that has a number of contributory factors, for example lack of access to healthy food or poor food choices, lifestyle issues, such as, lack of exercise and inability to afford good health care. In fact you can’t single out one cause – it’s a variety of factors that makes managing diabetes a challenge for patients, families and health professionals. What’s clear is we need a whole new way of thinking about how to manage the current diabetes epidemic – a whole new ‘paradigm’ shift, including providing services closer to patients’ homes. Who better then to lead the way than our primary care colleagues – the main source of care for our diabetic patients and their families. I’m joined by Dr Tim Hou, GP at Mangere Health Centre who describes the important role that GPs play in empowering patients – especially those with diabetes and their whaanau, to take a more active role in their health and well-being.

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Have you thanked your lungs today?

Posted by Fiona Horwood, Clinical Head for Medicine and Respiratory Physician on 17 November 2016 |

Last week was COPD Day.  Another “day” I hear you sigh. But taking a big sigh is a luxury when you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is an umbrella term that covers those with long-term lung conditions characterised by shortness of breath, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and chronic asthma. And while it might be an umbrella term, it doesn’t provide any protection from the rain, or otherwise. It’s often an under-diagnosed disease that can also be a silent disease meaning people don’t know they have it until it’s quite advanced. But there are things that can be done to help people breathe better. If you value your lungs, I invite you to read on.

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Return of the gut-less wonder

Posted by CEO Blog on 10 November 2016 |

It’s been nearly two years since I had my bariatric surgery and several people have asked me how I’ve been going?

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