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Be a #FluFighter this winter

Posted by Geraint Martin on 20 April 2017 |

Brace yourself folks – the flu season has arrived, which can bring the dreaded running nose, scratchy throat, cough, body aches, a high fever and thumping headache of the seasonal flu.  The good news is you can easily help protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the flu vaccine.

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Hendon's Journey

Posted by Communications Team on 8 March 2017 |

At the age of 15, Hendon was admitted to hospital with Rheumatic Fever. For the next three months, while in hospital, Hendon would learn how to live and deal with his illness.  This would include monthly injections for the next 25 years.   Having spent so much time in Hospital, Hendon soon built positive relationships with the various health professionals who cared for him.  He knew he wanted to make a difference in the community in the same way they did.   

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Introducing Jenny Parr

Posted by Jenny Parr on 15 February 2017 |

Despite the English accent, I’m a local girl.  I was raised in Papatoetoe, the heart of South Auckland and in my later years went to the Manukau Institute of Technology, where I trained as a nurse.  When I graduated I really wanted to work at Middlemore Hospital, however at the time, there were no jobs. My plan B was to move to England, where I spent the past 22 years. During that time I’ve held a number of roles, which included executive leadership as Director of Nursing, Patient Experience, Infection Prevention & Control and Allied Health.  My previous role at Waitemata DHB also had a key focus on quality systems and improvement, which I really enjoyed. 

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Pharmacy

Technology in new outpatient pharmacy enables Pharmacists to focus more on patient needs

Posted by Communications Team on 1 February 2017 |

Haumanu, which means to revive or restore health and wellbeing, is the name of our new pharmacy which will open at Paataka Place at Middlemore Hospital on 7 February.  The approach taken by the new pharmacy is to have pharmacists always accessible to focus on patient interaction and to achieve this, the pharmacy is utilising some cool technology for behind the scene functions.

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Potential impact of further resident doctors strike on patients

Posted by Communications Team on 15 January 2017 |

New Zealand Resident Doctors Association members are undertaking industrial action at Counties Manukau Health and other DHBs throughout the country from 7am Tuesday 17 January 2017 until 8am Friday 20 January 2017. 

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Counties Manukau Health well prepared for Junior Doctors Strike

Posted by Communications Team on 9 January 2017 |

Counties Manukau Health has preparations well underway for the proposed strike by Junior Doctors from 7am Tuesday, 17 January 2017 until 8am Friday, 20 January 2017.

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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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