Feilding Herald : January 8th 2015
10 THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015 Emergency staff at hospital busy By LISA KNIGHT firstname.lastname@example.org Injuries from misuse of nailguns, fish-hooks stuck in various body parts and unusual items lodged in rectums are just some of the bizarre troubles keeping the Palmerston North Hospital emergency department busy. Of the 43,732 presentations to the emergency department in the past year, from November 2013 to November 2014, patients suffering from abdominal pain were the most common, information released by the MidCentral District Health Board under the Official Information Act shows. Chest pain, feeling unwell, shortness of breath and collapse were also in the top 10 most common presentations, followed by asthma, vomiting, headache, back pain and head injury. The winter months, particu- larly July and August, saw the most visits, with 3522 in July and 3605 in August. Other months ranged from 3100 to 3500 visits. Emergency department charge nurse Iona Bichan said, anecdotally, respiratory illnesses, such as bronchiolitis in children, asthma, pneumonia, exacerbation of chronic lung disease and flulike illness, were the most common in the department. ‘‘We also see a fair number of minor injuries such as broken arms and legs, head injuries, cuts and puncture wounds, eye injur- ‘ Minor injuries increase over summer months as people get out and about with sports and recreation – and DIY jobs. Emergency department charge nurse Iona Bichan ’ ies, and so on. There is also a seasonal pattern of gastroenteritis, usually in spring and autumn but also sometimes in summer. ‘‘This means that if there is an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community then ED will see quite a few cases, especially in frail older people,’’ she said. Bichan said respiratory ill- nesses were a common cause of emergency visits. ‘‘This is normal,’’ she said. ‘‘Minor injuries increase over summer months as people get out and about with sports and recreation, and DIY jobs.’’ Injuries from nailguns, fish- hooks through body parts, unusual items lodged in rectums, and major agricultural or factory traumas were some of the more unusual woes people often presented with, Bichan said. She said there was urgent medical care available in the region during the day and people were encouraged to seek it first rather than wait until the nighttime to seek help. NEWS Happy days recalled as school’s days end By LUCY TOWNEND A small scrap of wood salvaged from the wreckage of Rangiwahia School is a reminder of happy days for Alister Tompkins. The retired Feilding farmer, 81, started at the school in 1939 and returned recently to watch a 30-tonne excavator tear it down. He documented the demolition with hours of video footage and hundreds of photos, but he also took a more meaningful token – a small piece of floorboard. Tompkins started just as the school was expanding its buildings to offer a place for secondary students. ‘‘I was a little boy, just a primer, and it was an event of some significance,’’ Tompkins said. ‘‘I walked a few steps from the old school into the new one and away we went.’’ He remembers being constantly barefoot, ponies for transport, completing his ‘‘eight-eighty’’ swimming certificate and loving school and life in Rangiwahia. That tradition will come to an end soon, with the Ministry of Education planning to complete demolition by Christmas. The 120-year-old country school shut last year after roll numbers dwindled and the board opted for voluntary closure. The school at Rangiwahia, nestled midway between Taihape and Kimbolton, was established in 1893. By 1938, neighbouring Mangarimu, Main South Road and Looking back: Former Rangiwahia School pupil Alister Tompkins, 81, has some fond memories of when he started in 1939. Photo: FAITH SUTHERLAND/FAIRFAX NZ Karewarewa schools had closed and were consolidated with Rangiwahia. Ruahine and Hinau schools followed in 1947. A secondary department was officially opened in 1939 and in 1946 the school became a District High School. But in 1950 dwindling roll numbers meant the secondary section was closed. Tompkins said it was an end of an era for Rangiwahia. ‘‘It’s happening all over the country districts now, but what did make that place special was you come up through the hills, into this open area and there was the school. ‘‘Schools are always the centre of any community and play a hugely important role. ‘‘This is a real turning point for the district . . . there’s not too many people left in Rangiwahia now. There’s a huge amount of history, but in another 20 years it will probably be a dot on the map, sadly.’’ Ministry of Education head of infrastructure service Kim Shannon said the buildings were being removed from the site so the land could be sold. They would be completely dismantled and reusable materials made available to the community – including more pieces of floorboard. Independence and security at Coombrae For Feilding retiree Bev Edmond-Thompson, Coombrae Retirement Village is providing the best of both worlds – an active, independent lifestyle enjoying the things she loves, as well as the security of knowing help is on hand if she ever needs it. Bev moved into her two- bedroom villa six years ago and says one of Coombrae Village's main attractions is its neighbour, Coombrae Home. “An important part of living here is that I'm fully independent but there's always help if I need it. If I get to the stage where I can't do things for myself anymore then I can move into the rest home,” Bev explains. “We've got to be realistic about it. Selling now Coombrae Retirement Village Are you looking for an independent lifestyle, with access to support as you need it? We have just two villas available at our popular Coombrae Village; you’ll have to be quick to secure this outstanding retirement living option in friendly Feilding. Coombrae villas are set amongst beautiful grounds with a semi-rural outlook. Residents enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the security of an Enliven village, the vibrant village life and the company of others at a similar stage of life. Best of all, with an easy to maintain home and Enliven to take care of the hard work, like property maintenance and lawn-mowing – you can focus on really enjoying your retirement. Give us a call to arrange a viewing of the one or two bedroom villas, or come along to our open home later this month. NEXT OPEN HOME: 2pm to 3pm, Friday 16 January. Address: 34 North Street, Feilding Visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz Call 0800 36 54 83 (that’s 0800 ENLIVEN) or Email email@example.com Eventually we all need extra help to do things we used to be able to do easily by ourselves. It's just a part of life.” Bev has already tried out Coombrae Home after living there for several months while recovering from surgery. Once she recuperated she moved into Coombrae Village. “I chose to come here because I was in Coombrae Home and I liked it there. I moved in here once I was better and more able to do things for myself.” Living at Coombrae Village has allowed Bev to develop strong relationships with the rest home over the years, which she says helps her to feel safe. “You build relationships with the staff living here, they all know my name and they're very friendly. A lady comes around every morning during the week to check that we're ok, and if we're not she will organise for a nurse to visit.” Other than feeling safe and secure living in her Coombrae Villa, Coombrae Village. Coombrae Village resident Bev Edmond-Thompson says she feels safe and secure in her Enliven villa Bev says she enjoys the freedom and social aspects of living in a retirement village. “It's a really great community here. We can join in activities at the Home if we like. I go there for functions now and then - you can get good meals from there too.” Coombrae Village is located at 34 North Street in Feilding. The next open day is being held on Friday 16 January from 2pm to 3pm. All are welcome to attend. Alternatively, you can find out more about Coombrae Village by visiting www.enlivencentral.org. nz or calling the village agent on 06 366 0444.
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