Horowhenua Mail : January 19th 2012
5 THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 $287.50 Subsidy available through See Hear* Call us for details Caring for Kids Children learn mostly with their eyes. Clear comfortable vision is necessary for a child to learn successfully. Do any of these symptoms relate to your child or children you are caring for? • Headaches • Rubs eyes • Shuts one eye when reading • T ilts the head when reading • Holds a book very close • Omits small words when reading • Copies incorrectly from the blackboard • Misaligns digits in columns of numbers • Becomes tired after close work • Avoids close work • Blinks excessively when doing near vision work but not otherwise • Writes up or down hill, with irregular letter or word spacing • A history of eye problems in the family, especially in siblings. The NZAO recommends that if you have identified more than one of these symptoms, you should get your child’s eyes examined. 174 Oxford Street, Levin. Ph 06 368 0130 Levin@seehear.co.nz Kids Frame and Lens Package from $149 * Subsidy available annually for children 15 years and under whose parent, guardian or themselves hold a valid Community Services Card or Child holds a Valid High Use Health Card. All About You Hypnotherapy Phone 06 367 0727 027 344 9713 www.allaboutyouhypno.co.nz 4315090AA Clinics held at; Otaki Women’s Health Centre, Otaki, Horowhenua Health Centre, Levin, Hypnotherapy can assist you with changes in your life: • Behavioral, • Health and medical, • Fertility and childbirth, • Fears, phobias and habits ... ... ... and many more. 0800 38 44 50 22HP 42” / 27HP 48” USA MADE / LOW NZ PRICE FULL RANGE AVAILABLE NEW FROM $6,590 PLUS GST Levin Performing Arts Society AUDITIONS Sunday 29th January 1.00pm HOT MIKADO A sizzling 1940s Swing/Jazz Musical Large cast required, Age: 15 years+ Singers, Dancers, Actors EVERYONE IS WELCOME For an Audition Appointment Phone Chris 027 410 2420 On stage May 4th to May 26th Director : Linda Buckley Musical Director : Colin Taylor Vocal Coach : Ann-Marie Stapp Garlic anyone? Kath Irvine gets in amongst her home-grown garlic. One of her workshops will teach garden enthusiasts how to grow their own garlic. Edible focus for festival From making yoghurt to making compost, Ohau’s Edible Back- yard Festival is all about being green. The festival, in the last week- end of February, is run by Kath Irvine, who has a background in teaching permaculture design and edible gardening to schools and community groups. Workshops and demon- strations will be hosted through- out the weekend by experts and include topics such as growing garlic, herbs for health, seed saving, flax weaving, solar food driers and crop rotation. There is also a berry jam com- petition. Ms Irvine, who will host the festival at her Ohau River valley property, said some novice gardeners lacked basic gardening skills, such as composting, and she hopes to give people a ‘‘good understand- ing of crops’’. ‘‘[The festival is] a pretty nice opportunity to hang out in a cool food garden and talk to all these experts in their fields.’’ ❚ February 25 and 26, 10am till 3pm, $20 per person, no gate sales, bookings essential, ediblebackyard.co.nz. 1200 patients transferred By TASHA BLACK Levin Medical Centre has closed its doors and 1200 patients have trans- ferred to Horowhenua Community Practice. Central PHO general manager Joe Howells said Dr Anton Hauptfleisch, who ran the solo practice, closed the centre on December 16, following a period of ill health. ‘‘He got to a point, in terms of his own health, that he was unable to cope with the day-to-day busyness of running [the clinic], seeing patients every day, and had to take time out. ‘‘We are expecting him to come back and work with us as a locum some time during this year. We are certainly hopeful that is the case,’’ said Mr Howells. Dr Hauptfleisch was unable to be reached for comment, however he told Fairfax NZ he wanted to thank both his patients and staff for their loyalty to his practice. Mr Howells said 1200 patients from Levin Medical Centre have transferred to Horowhenua Com- munity Practice, which has increased its number of GPs and nurses. ‘‘They can [increase their staff] more readily than a solo practice can because they were already in the pro- cess of recruiting longer term locums rather than day-by-day locums.’’ Mr Howells encouraged patients to book non-urgent appointments, such as a script replacement, in advance. ‘‘But if it’s an acute situation people would be seen on the day at either Horowhenua Community Practice or the duty practice if they were a cas- ual patient.’’ Mr Howells would personally fol- low up on any acute patients unable to get a same-day appointment. Meanwhile, the Horowhenua Integrated Family Heath Centre hopes to cut through administration and bureaucracy by introducing a new senior management team, made up of Craig Fleury as the overall manager and four new part-time positions. Mr Fleury will be joined by Rawiri Rikihana as the Maori health advisor; Dr Chris Fawcett as the new clinical director and service develop- ment consultant; Belinda Ray John- son as the clinical advisor; and Deb Winiata as the clinical quality facilitator. Central Primary Health Organis- ation clinical director Chiquita Han- sen said having all the services under a single management team would make it more streamlined, and patient and family friendly.
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