NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL News
The day the teddy bears had their picnic
It was a beary special day for kids and bears alike on May 1st.
They were all taking part in a Teddy Bears’ picnic to launch Waitemata DHB’s WellKids 2012 fundraising campaign.
Face painting, a bouncy castle, Cherry the Clown and seemingly endless supplies of delicious Subway food were just some of the attractions for the more than 40 kids who attended at Waitakere Hospital’s Te Wai Takere Marae.
Cookie Bear, Shortland Street’s Jacuqeline Nairn (nurse Wendy Cooper) and Amanda Billing (Dr Sarah Potts) and TV3 news presenter Sacha McNeil also joined in the festivities. And a bear doctor and nurse were on hand to tend to any teddy bears in need of special care and attention.
WellKids 2012 is a six-week fundraising campaign for Waitemata DHB’s main children’s ward, the Rangitira Unit at Waitakere Hospital. The ward serves the entire district, including the North Shore.
The campaign aims to raise $150,000 to make the new, revamped unit a more magical place for around 2,500 sick children who use the ward every year.
The money will be used to buy items such as train sets, puppets, Lego, dolls and other play equipment, and also to create themed areas that make hospital a less intimidating place for children. The revamped unit will open in July.
The campaign is sponsored by Subway, Woman’s Day, Fairfax Media, Unitec and the Western Leader.
You can donate $3 to WellKids 2012 by texting KIDS to 2449. (You can text as many times as you like until June 21.)
Two visitors drop by
Waitemata DHB was on show last month, when the Director-General of Health and the Minister of Health visited within a day of each other.
On his first visit to the DHB, Director-General Dr Kevin Woods met staff at several sites on April 11th, before giving the first lecture in the 2012 CEO lecture series later in the afternoon.
Before his address on the future of the New Zealand health system Dr Woods said he was very impressed by the staff he had met that day.
“Everywhere I’ve gone, the people I’ve met have been full of enthusiasm, full of ideas and there’s a real sense and support of enterprise in this place,” he told the 90-plus people gathered to hear him.
“People seem to want to test new ways of doing things.”
The next day, Health Minister Tony Ryall spent an hour at North Shore Hospital, visiting the emergency department, assessment and diagnostic unit, cardiology centre and radiology department.
“For the first time, Waitemata DHB has exceeded the national target of having 95% of emergency department patients admitted, discharged or transferred in six hours or less for an entire quarter,” he said. “I'd like to congratulate the staff at Waitemata DHB for their commitment and hard work.”
CEO Dr Dale Bramley said the visits were further evidence that the hard work of staff was being recognised not just locally, but nationally.
“Our DHB wouldn’t be where it is today without the contribution of all staff, so it’s great to have this acknowledgement from the Director-General and Minister of Health.”
Feeling a bit light-headed
Four Waitemata DHB staff members put their locks on the line last month for the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ’s “Shave for a Cure” fundraising drive. Psychiatric registrar Persy Shroff (left), nurses Denise MacKenzie and Jamie Leighton, and physical activity specialist Sanjeev Karan all turned up at 8am to have their heads shaved for the cause. With the support of colleagues, family and friends – and Jeremy Foster-Moan, manager of Serville’s Barber, Smales Farm – they raised more than $2,300 to help support patients and their families living with blood cancers and related blood conditions.