Brace yourself folks – the flu season has arrived, which can bring the dreaded running nose, scratchy throat, cough, body aches, a high fever and thumping headache of the seasonal flu. The good news is you can easily help protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the flu vaccine.
Talking from personal experience you don’t want to get the flu? You feel absolutely dreadful, everything hurts and your bed becomes your best friend. If there was a $100 note lying on the floor, chances are you couldn’t reach down to get it – that’s how bad you feel!
So why would you put yourself or your family through this, when a vaccine is available? Getting a flu vaccine only takes a couple of minutes out of your day. Getting the flu however, can mean time off work, not to mention missed events and opportunities.
If you or your loved one had to come into hospital, what kind of service or experience would you expect? If you said good communication, consistent, safe and coordinated care, and being treated with kindness, respect and dignity, you wouldn’t be alone. In fact a large percent of our patients tell us that being treated this way makes a big difference to their overall quality of care and treatment. So how do we know we are providing the service we would be happy for our loved ones to receive and if not, why not?
Dr Joe Hancock
Saturday (16 April) is Conversations that Count Day – a national initiative led by a co-operative of hundreds of people across New Zealand’s health system that is encouraging us to have a ‘Conversation that Counts’. That is, talk to those we care about and with those who will care for us as the end approaches about what we would want for ourselves.
Blogging with me today is Joe Hancock a senior medical officer who works in the Renal Department. Joe has an interest in Advance Care Planning (ACP) and end of life. This is his view on why everybody should know the dying wishes of their loved ones.
Starting a conversation about death and dying, isn’t easy and I remember feeling like an unwelcome intruder as I spoke to a gentle and polite Samoan man about ACP.
Questions for March/April
What is your favourite Manic Street Preachers album and what do you think happened to Richie?
- Favourite album is Postcards from a Young Man and I think Richie is working in a fish and chip shop in Tawharanui
Mick or Keith (rolling stones)?
- I’d have to say Keith, as like me he doesn’t like mornings!
What was your vision for CM Health when you first arrived, and how has this changed?
- I came to CM Health because of the people and the potential for creating a health system that provides the best health care locally and in NZ. This vision hasn’t changed.
ACC and WorkSafe New Zealand recently launched a series of television advertisements centred on health and safety in the work place. The campaign called ‘Home Time’ is designed to raise awareness about health and safety, and challenge Kiwis to make our workplaces safer and healthier for everyone. The advertisement showed workers returning home healthy and safe at the end of the day. It was a powerful message. As an organisation with over 6000 staff, CM Health takes health and safety very seriously and while safety is everyone’s business, there is a core team from Occupational Health and Safety who come to work each day to help people stay safe and well.
I’m joined by Bev Stone, Manager Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) to talk about the great strides her team has made.
There are moments in our lives where we have to make choices. Some may be simple
choices, for example, deciding what to eat for lunch and some can be life changing. For example giving up smoking, losing weight, taking on a new job or going on a trip of a lifetime.
The other day I came across a story written by an inspiring man called Arthur Te Anini. Arthur is a Rainbow Volunteer at CM Health and for many years battled with his health and his weight. Recently Arthur made a life changing choice. He shares his story with us.
This week staff, patients and whaanau participated in a range of events and activities to celebrate Patient Experience Week (7-11 March).
The theme this year was ‘communication’ and how good and bad communication can impact on patient experience, satisfaction and clinical outcomes. This was reflected in the work we did with patients and staff during the development of our Values.
To tell us more about Patient Experience Week, Im joined by Lynne Maher Director Innovation Ko Awatea