Wednesday January 31, 2018
Generous donation helps vulnerable patients
Back from left: Dental assistant Sue Roughton, Senior Medical Officer dental Geoff Hunt, Belinda Juno; Seated: Rachel Juno with the new monitor.
A $10,000 donation from a Lower Hutt family will help the Hutt Hospital dental unit to provide the safest experience for vulnerable patients, many of whom have disability issues. The Juno family recently donated a new Welch Allyn Vital signs monitor, which monitors patients while they are undergoing treatment under sedation. Rachel Juno, 27, has firsthand experience of dental procedures during which the
monitor may be used, having been a patient at the Hutt Valley DHB dental unit for 15 years. “We are really grateful to the hospital to have this facility to come to,” says mum, Belinda. “We wanted to give something back to the dental unit as the service has been really good.” Senior medical officer at Hutt Hospital’s dental unit Geoff Hunt, says the monitoring unit allows dental clinicians to treat more patients who are unable to cope with treatment in a more conventional manner. “Already, there has been a reduction in the number of patients we have referred to theatre for dental procedures under general anaesthetic,” Geoff says. “This equipment also ensures that we can
continue to comply with regulations that are designed with the health and safety of patients in mind.” Recent changes to procedural sedation regulations from the Dental Council of New Zealand require patients’ vital signs to be continuously monitored, from the time of drug administration until the patient is discharged in a fit condition. “Thanks to the Juno family’s generosity, we can take pride in knowing that we are meeting this requirement and offer a valuable service to those most in need,” says Geoff. T he Juno fa m ily have owned and operated Juno Civil Ltd in the Hutt Valley for 40 years, notably constructing the Ewen Bridge back in 1993.
Prayer to urge change Christians gathered at Parliament when the House sat for the first time in 2018, all praying for Jesus to remain in the Parliamentary prayer. On Tuesday, January 30, a lunchtime rally was organised to urge the Speaker of the House to reinstate the name of Jesus in the opening prayer. Jesus for New Z ealand spokesperson Pastor Ross Smith of Celebration Church Wellington said the gathering is not a protest
but a movement to bring [as many] Christians together to make a stand. Mentions of Jesus and the Queen have been removed from Parliament’s Te Reo karakia or prayer. Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard, instituted a consultation period for the new karakia but had already adopted the removal of ‘Jesus’ last year. The rally was held on Parliament grounds, between 12pm and 1.30pm. Parliament sat at 2pm.
Care urged for swimmers and dog walkers as toxic algae returns Greater Wellington Regional Council is urging swimmers and dog walkers to avoid the Hutt River between Moonshine Park and Pomare Bridge following the reoccurrence of toxic algae in the area. “High levels of toxic algae were recorded at Silverstream and we advise against swimming or taking dogs to this stretch of the river,” says Greater Wellington environmental scientist Dr Mark Heath. “Birchville, Maoribank Corner, and Poets Park also have new growth, though at lower levels and also with intact mats, so the likelihood of ingesting
the algae there is low,” Mark says. “While it’s safe to use these parts of the river Greater Wellington advises people to be cautious, to keep an eye out and avoid any areas where it’s found. We’re not currently concerned about toxic algae elsewhere in the region,” he says. Mark says that doesn’t apply to dogs, however, which are still at risk from eating algae along the riverside and should be kept on a lead. Educational signs are up along the riverbank, warning people to look for toxic algae.
Published on Jan 30, 2018