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Maternity Care Experiences Explored

Posted by Margie Apa, Director - Strategic Development on 21 February 2014 |

We released a report on Monday this week on the experiences of 61 of our most vulnerable Maaori and Pacific women including teen mums. We commissioned this report to give us a consumer perspective on how this particular group of women perceive their whole maternity healthcare experience, not just delivery. To put it in context, 47% of our more than 8000 live births a year are to Maaori and Pacific women.

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Geraint Martin

On The Move

Posted by Geraint Martin on 21 February 2014 |

I would like to extend my thanks to our staff who were involved in the recent move of some of our services to the new Harley Gray Building. Our Operating Theatres, Theatre Admission and Discharge Unit, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, Central Sterile Supply Department and Neonatal Care are now operating out of this state-of-the-art facility, after a successful move which was several years in the planning. The transition required massive man power, brain power and muscle power to make it happen smoothly and I’m grateful to everyone who helped make it such a resounding success. I was also extremely proud to note that we maintained our usual high standards of care, professionalism and safety throughout this transition, particularly for the relocation of 15 prematurely born babies – some of our most vulnerable patients. On behalf of our patients, thank you for your efforts, your flexibility and your hard work.

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Geraint Martin

Becoming Greener – One Step at a Time

Posted by Geraint Martin on 20 February 2014 |

Just before Christmas last year, I was given one of the desk top cubes that are being rolled out across the organisation. I started using this small green cube in my office for non-recyclable rubbish, and larger communal bins for my non-confidential paper and mixed recycling. Before long, I became very aware of just what I throw out in a day, and not just at work! At home, I’ve been thinking more about the waste my family creates and how we can make more environmentally friendly decisions, like choosing to recycle where possible. My wife and I have even competed in an electronics store to see who could find the most energy efficient appliance to buy. And all of this is thanks to the simple introduction of a small plastic cube to my office.

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Geraint Martin

An Update on Mindfulness

Posted by Geraint Martin on 10 February 2014 |

I’ve written before about Mindfulness at Work and the free mindfulness training we offer CM Health staff. As such, I was very interested to discover that this practice is becoming increasingly popular worldwide, including at London’s Kings Fund, one of the world’s leading health think tanks. It is now offering a two-day training programme on ‘Developing Compassionate Leadership Through Mindfulness’ at a cost of £4,995 per participant. And they’re blogging about it too. It’s great to know that CM Health is keeping pace with what is happening worldwide and that the opportunities available at a cost globally are available right here in Counties Manukau for free. It reminds me that we are indeed a leading healthcare provider and that our goal, to be the best healthcare system in Australasia by 2015, is well within our grasp.

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Geraint Martin

Understanding the Patient and Whaanau Experience

Posted by Geraint Martin on 5 February 2014 |

Recently I had the huge privilege of speaking to our team of Kidz First public health nurses. It was a great opportunity to meet some new faces and hear firsthand about the fantastic work they are doing behind the scenes, particularly with the Mana Kidz Rheumatic Fever programme. We also talked about the barriers that prevent us from providing the best possible patient care. We shared stories, which I’m sure you’ll all relate to, about the frustrations the nurses face when trying to do the right thing for patients in a system that seems to make this difficult rather than straight forward. In doing so, I was reminded of a story of my own which involved my family’s nanny about 17 years ago. I’ve shared it through my blog before but I want to revisit it today because it really is one of the defining moments of my career to date.

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Geraint Martin

2013 in review

Posted by Geraint Martin on 30 January 2014 |

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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Patient Safety starts with me

Posted by David Hughes, Clinical Director for Patient Safety and Quality Assurance on 29 January 2014 |

That’s what I want all staff at CM Health to think about their role in patient safety – from the orderly picking up a patient from the ward for a procedure, the nurse calculating a PUP score and acting on it to the Professor of Surgery leading the time out stage of the surgical checklist. When all staff know their responsibilities for patient safety and work effectively in teams to reduce the risk of harm to patients, we will be able to answer with confidence the question: ‘How safe is our Hospital?

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Geraint Martin

Happy New Year

Posted by Geraint Martin on 24 January 2014 |

Happy New Year – I hope most of you managed to have a good break and for those of you who had to work, many thanks for holding the fort. I spent the holidays with family and friends, relaxing and enjoying a fair number of BBQ’s.

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