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BOUQUETS FOR “START” AND DISTRICT NURSES

 |  Elizabeth Nicholls  | 

In the past I have had difficulty accessing health services that were needed.  However, my recent experience with START services following a knee replacement at Braemar hospital in Hamilton, has been timely, friendly, professional and appropriate to my needs.

Karen, Paige, Maaike, Maree, Donna Patrice and Trudi have each come to see me at Ferry Landing during the two weeks I have been home. Each of them has been so pleasant, respectful and encouraging.

I found out about Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation (START) from a public meeting earlier this year held at Crossroads church arranged by the Medical Centre and Te Korowai. Braemar hospital staff referred me to START while I was hospitalized so they could visit me when I was discharged.

This team has a registered nurse, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist to ensure that all possible needs up to six weeks, can be attended to as they arise.  An assessment of the patient, carer and home is made, and a plan is set up with the nurse and goals set to be achieved.

With an allergic reaction to the plaster applied to my wound after surgery, this was closely observed and advice given about treatment in consultation with my surgeon and the doctors at the Mercury Bay Medical Centre.  District nurses were called to visit and dress the wound, so for a while both START and District nurses were visiting daily. What reassurance these people gave me and my husband while he was caring for me in our home.

I am now making good progress.  I couldn’t have done it without the lovely people from START and the District nurses.  We are indeed blessed to have these services available in the Mercury Bay.

In the past I have had difficulty accessing health services that were needed.  However, my recent experience with START services following a knee replacement at Braemar hospital in Hamilton, has been timely, friendly, professional and appropriate to my needs.

Karen, Paige, Maaike, Maree, Donna Patrice and Trudi have each come to see me at Ferry Landing during the two weeks I have been home. Each of them has been so pleasant, respectful and encouraging.

I found out about Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation (START) from a public meeting earlier this year held at Crossroads church arranged by the Medical Centre and Te Korowai. Braemar hospital staff referred me to START while I was hospitalized so they could visit me when I was discharged.

This team has a registered nurse, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist to ensure that all possible needs up to six weeks, can be attended to as they arise.  An assessment of the patient, carer and home is made, and a plan is set up with the nurse and goals set to be achieved.

With an allergic reaction to the plaster applied to my wound after surgery, this was closely observed and advice given about treatment in consultation with my surgeon and the doctors at the Mercury Bay Medical Centre.  District nurses were called to visit and dress the wound, so for a while both START and District nurses were visiting daily. What reassurance these people gave me and my husband while he was caring for me in our home.

I am now making good progress.  I couldn’t have done it without the lovely people from START and the District nurses.  We are indeed blessed to have these services available in the Mercury Bay.


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