Wairarapa News : February 1st 2012
11 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 OPINION Need a doctor? IN AN EMERGENCY, ALWAYS CALL 111. Otherwise.... A er hours medical care - phone 370 0011 Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for ALL Wairarapa and out of town patents. The Wairarapa Afer Hours Service provides urgent medical care 9am to 5pm at Masterton Medical Centre, 24 Lincoln Rd Masterton. Note: The usual weekend fee is subsidised by the DHB for people who are enrolled with a Wairarapa Medical Centre and are under 25 or have a Community Services Card Remember to bring your Community Services Card with you. South Wairarapa Evening Clinics for urgent appointments for South Wairarapa resident and casual patents, 5pm 7pm. Monday Featherston Tuesday Carterton Wednesday Greytown Thursday Martnborough. 4079832AB Not sure if you need to see a doctor? Ring HEALTHLINE on 0800 611 116 for free health advice 24 hours a day. Healthline is a free telephone health informaton ser vice for all the family. The service is staﬀed by registered nurses who will assess your health needs, and give informaton and advice to help you decide on the best level of care. Every Wairarapa General Practce team, when they are closed, has their phone switched to Healthline. Calling Healthline may save you a trip to the doctor. Wairarapa Medical Centres - open hours Masterton Medical Ph 06 370 0011 Monday to Friday 8am - 7pm Whaiora Ph 06 370 0818 Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm Kuripuni Ph 06 377 4093 Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6pm Featherston Ph 06 308 9220 Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm Carterton Ph 06 379 8105 Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm Greytown Ph 06 304 9012 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Tuesday 9am - 7pm Martnborough Ph 06 306 9501 Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm Go to www.wairarapapho.org.nz/health_centres/fees/ for an up-to-date list of fees Unless its an emergency, the GP should be your first choice Better already. 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We've seen many, many examples of how people who have a minimal mandate can actually have quite an extreme degree of power.'' Sabin got his first taste of the heat in the political kitchen while chairing a recent public meeting in Kai- taia about children at risk. It transpired that a local Maori trust board had been rapped over the knuckles for using some of its funds to feed hungry children at five schools in Kaitaia. Sabin warned the meeting that if schools provided lunches, then mothers and fathers would never have to do it. When it was pointed out that some parents were spending their money on pokies instead, Sabin reportedly replied: We have to investigate that, otherwise we'll have 50,000 more parents who are not feeding their children.'' Really? It seems hard to imagine the prospect of a free lunch would trigger a nationwide abdication of parental care. Surely, I asked, you feed the hungry child first, and then address the cause? Sabin sticks to his guns. This situation isn't a com- munity or government responsibility, he believes, but a parental one. And when some parents aren't meeting it? No problem, he claims. If you go down to [Work and Income] you get these food parcels. There's any man- ner of ways in which you can get emergency food to assist a child.'' Whoever is in authority then has to get on to those parents. As a parent, Sabin has not been insulated from personal tragedy. In 2010, his teenage son Darryl suffered brain damage from a rugby field encounter. Initially, Darryl's prognosis was dim, but today? Aside from some weakness in his right leg and right arm, he's the same kid that he was before his accident.'' The incident has led Sabin to advocate for a database of sports head injuries, one managed by the referees or by someone else independent of the coaches and players -- mainly, to counter the danger- ous bravado of treating a head knock and getting up again as being just a rite of manhood. We've got to think about better ways to manage risk,'' Sabin says. In rugby, and in society at large.
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