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The Christchurch people started to arrive at Ambridge Rose Manor from 1.30am where the CM Health clinical team and private hospital staff welcomed them and got them settled. Allan says the situation was a changing landscape that altered hour-by-hour and it was planning on the fly. “Until the Christchurch people arrived we didn’t know who they were or what level of care they needed. “Plans then changed minute by minute and people they thought could be settled in one room required a higher level of care and were placed nearer to the nurse’s station. “It worked really well. Some people could walk off – we could give them a cup of tea and settle them in their room. Other people needed more care and support,” says Allan.

Diabetes in pregnancy Lesley MacLennan and Isabella Smart, Clinical Specialist Diabetes Midwives working in the community midwifery service in Woman’s Health presented a poster at the ADIPS (Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society) conference in Australia. The poster shows the development of a multidisciplinary care schedule and pathway for women with diabetes in pregnancy. The poster illustrates the development of a competency framework for specialist diabetes midwives at CM Health  and various communication tools devised.  It was very well received and we have had requests for further information regarding our developmental processes and communication tools from health professionals doing similar work in Australia.

The poster is the culmination of two years of hard work by the two Diabetes in Pregnancy midwives focused on improving the Diabetes in Pregnancy Service at CM Health. The aim is to enable pregnant women with diabetes to be cared for in a safe, appropriate and efficient manner – remaining with their primary care midwife wherever possible – thus maximising their choice of maternity carer and continuity of care, even when complicated by diabetes. The poster also demonstrates the links between primary and secondary carers in the care of women with diabetes in pregnancy and the communication tools to ensure information flow. To see the full poster, please call Isabella Smart on 021 784 061. ■

“Noeline Whitehead and her clinical team were set up to assess them comprehensively and to settle people into bed,” Jenni says. The last people were being settled at about 5am on Saturday. About 10 people arrived at Ambridge Rose Manor in the early hours of Saturday morning and at about 10.30pm on Saturday another five people arrived Many of the people had prepared to leave Christchurch at 5am on Friday and they didn’t arrive at Ambridge Rose Manor until about 1.30am the following day. As some arrived with nothing other than the clothes they wore and basic clinical information, the clinical team and caregivers assessed the need and provided the care and support. “Every action plan for emergencies says contact the families and they will come in and assist but you can’t contact families in this sort of situation,” Berta says. “Their homes were demolished, they didn’t have phones or power to recharge mobile phones and they were dealing with their own crisis. “They’re thinking in the back of their minds ‘at least my loved one is safe in a residential care facility.’ Physically they just couldn’t get to their relatives.” Berta was pleased to know the planning for similar situations really worked when put into practice. “We were really pleased that we could move quickly to meet this need” says Allan. “When we stopped we felt like we could do anything. It was a great confidence boost.” ■

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2012 October Connect+  

Counties Manukau Health staff publication

2012 October Connect+  

Counties Manukau Health staff publication