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Thursday January 25, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should Waitangi Day become known as New Zealand Day?

Peter Butters, Island Bay “I’m for it to be Waitangi Day. I don’t see the need to change it. We just need to sort out the protests.”

Duncan McLachlan, Island Bay “I don’t celebrate it, but I think Waitangi Day is good.”

Eden Sturland, Brooklyn “I think [the name] Waitangi Day is pretty cool. It tells a story. If it was New Zelaand Day it could be any day of the year.”

Viqi Mably, Island Bay “I think so, becasue there’s so many different people who live in this country. I love the Maori people but it should embrace everyone.”

Carys Flutey, Hataitai “I think we should keep it the way it is. Its always been Waitangi Day and it’s good to keep the Maori name.”

Lidia Grace, Island Bay “We should. I think we are one nation and I think it would be a great idea. Everyone should be treated equally.”

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Familiar sight with newspaper’s return Dear Editor, Wonderful to see the paper out again and the ‘year in review’ was most interesting! Now I see old Harold (Westfake news) has woken up with his usual rantings and doomsday predictions.

“Have the man no idle time be he cursed: Matthew 23:17” So on a more important point I am delighted to see that the good folk of Newtown a re rallying the troops to keep Kiwibank there, after all we don’t want any of ‘those’ people

coming over to my neck of the woods. I think the CEO of the bank should be sacked for downsizing the bank. Sincerely, Rose Wu Kilbirnie

Telestroke pilot sees stroke intervention rates double A six-month telestroke service pilot headed by Wellington Regional Hospital neurologists has seen a dramatic increase in stroke intervention rates across the Central region. The service is now being replicated across other parts of the country. The pilot – the first of its kind in New Zealand – saw seven Wellington neurologists providing expert after-hours advice via video link to four regional hospitals – Hawke’s Bay, Palmerston North, Nelson and Wairau. It has since been extended to Whanganui and Masterton hospitals. Telestroke boosts access to clot-busting treatment, called thrombylosis, which helps improve recovery for stroke patients. It uses videoconferencing technology to allow off-site experts to provide stroke thrombolysis decision support to less experienced frontline clinicians. “Since the service was implemented, stroke thrombolysis treatment has risen across the Central region from 8 percent to 16 percent – the highest regional intervention rate across New Zealand,” says stroke neurologist and pilot lead, Associate Professor Anna Ranta. “While all district health boards offer the treatment, the telestroke service ensures all central region DHBs offer a consistent 24/7 service. This has been the first such collaboration of treating stroke patients together. “Not only has it allowed us to develop strong working relationships with stroke

Associate Professor Anna Ranta. PHOTO: Supplied

doctors and nurses across the six hospitals involved, it’s also meant there’s no treatment delay for the patient. Patients are able to ask questions and are fully involved with the treatment decision.” The pilot, which was funded by the Ministry of Health, has since been replicated in the Midland region, and there are plans for telestroke to be implemented across the South Island. A new funding model has also been developed for the service, which allows DHBs to subscribe and pay an annual fee based on their individual population catchment area. “Telestroke has made a real difference in reducing inequity of access to round-theclock, high-quality acute stroke care in New Zealand. The extension of the service across the country will make a big difference to the treatment and recovery of stroke patients.”

Cook Strait News 25-01-18  

Cook Strait News 25-01-18

Cook Strait News 25-01-18  

Cook Strait News 25-01-18