Thursday October 19, 2017
Hospital provides ‘bearable’ Two new bosses for Wellington Civil Defence boost for child patients Two former military men have been chosen to lead Wellington’s Civil Defence organisation, WREMO (Wellington Region Emergency Management Office), replacing Bruce Pepperell who is retiring after running the organisation for six years. Jeremy Holmes is the new regional manager, while David Russell becomes the new group controller. Greg Campbell, chief executive of Greater Wellington, which administers WREMO for the other councils in the region, says both Jeremy and David have very strong leadership and operational planning skills. Jeremy spent 20 years in Defence, four years in the Fire Service and a year in Police. During this time he spent two-and-a-half years helping rebuild Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes and worked closely with members of the Canterbury CDEM com-
Nurse Brooke Joseph cuts a cake next to patient Emily Dentice who holds one of the phil&teddy bears. PHOTO: Supplied
Sick children undergoing surgery in Wellington’s Wakefield Hospital were comforted last week with the arrival of 85 teddy bears to the hospital wards. The phil&teddy bears are part of a joint venture between the Surgical Research Trust and award-winning juvenile products company, phil&teds. Children facing surgery are given a teddy bear to provide cuddles and comfort at a stressful time. They can keep the bear. Surgeons can also use the bears as a prop when explaining procedures to children before they undergo their operation which makes the whole process more “bearable”. This is the first time the bears have been introduced to Wakefield Hospital. “Not only do the bears cheer up the child undergoing surgery but it has a positive flow on effect for families and staff facing the surgical procedures ahead,” Surgical Research Trust chair Grant Kiddle says. Campbell Gower, chief executive of phil&teds, is delighted his company is part of the initiative. “We love the dual benefit of providing a hospital friend for the child undergoing surgery and financial support to the Trust
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for education and research. “We’re committed to funding projects that genuinely help the New Zealand community and medical world to boot - whether that’s through the phil&teddy programme, summer medical student projects or bladder obstruction experiments.” Ian England, Chief Executive for Acurity Health Group, which owns and operates Wakefield Hospital, says they’re very grateful to the trust and phil&teds for introducing the bears. “The introduction of the bears into Wakefield Hospital further strengthens the long term association Acurity has as a partner with Surgical Research Trust.” At the launch, Wakefield Hospital general manager Marg Jenner thanked the Surgical Research Trust and phil&teds for the initiative. “Wakefield Hospital is delighted to have this opportunity to provide comforting teddies to young patients.” The programme has been in place for several years with bears distributed in hospitals in the Wellington region, Christchurch and Waikato.
munity on a number of projects including the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct. David comes to WREMO after 38 years in Defence, holding various operational, training and human resource appointments at the tactical, operational and strategic level. His last appointment in the NZDF was that of security policy advisor during New Zealand’s term on the United Nations Security Council in New York. Bruce Pepperell, who in October last year advised he would retire in 2017, used to be both the regional manager and controller. He says last November’s earthquake, and its aftermath, proved there was too much work for one person at the top. Bruce has not retired entirely – he will remain at Civil Defence as an alternate controller.
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