Central Leader : March 9th 2011
8 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 9, 2011 NEWS WIN A SHARE OF 72 000OF WORLD TR AVEL Spend $50 in one day at Westfield and you could discover the globe. 4 world trips of your choice plus 12 Mystery BreaksTM . Te e Te e Ter rm r rm ms san an nd d d dC Co Co Cond nd ndiit it itiio ions ns apply. See Customer Service or westfield.co.nz/stlukes for detail ils. WES/CL/1017 Ends 6pm Sunday 3 April 2011. w we we west st stfi fi fi fiel eld d.co.nz/stlukes Worries over clinic changes By KELSEY FLETCHER Check-up: New school dental clinics mean the closure of others. Junior students from Marist College will have to travel further to get their pearly whites checked now that the Mt Albert Primary School dental clinic has closed its doors. The year 7 and 8 students from the Mt Albert-based school will have to go to the Wesley Intermedi- ate dental clinic in Sandringham where new facilities are being installed. The Auckland District Health Board hopes students will receive better treatment there. But Marist College principal Monica Johnson says having the students visiting a dentist so far away is not convenient. The more obstacles in the way of primary care, the fewer people take up the opportunity,'' she says. It makes it more difficult for the parents -- it was easy and more con- venient before.'' The health board will send dental vans to Marist College to screen the students' teeth. They then have to book in at the Wesley Intermediate clinic for treat- ment. Now the onus is on parents to take their children to the clinics,'' Mrs Johnson says. It's a routine and it's easier for the students. So having to go to a different set-up will add another dimension and process.'' It also means extra time off school and vital learning time. We want to give them every opportunity to access primary care but this is making it more difficult to access that.'' Health board chief planning and funding officer Denis Jury says the new clinics will have increased opening hours and staff numbers to ensure that service provision is not delayed as a result of the transition for schools close by. While the Mt Albert School den- tal clinic may be closing, a new two- chair dental clinic is opening up just down the road at Balmoral School. Service provision will only be inter- rupted for a couple of weeks while equipment is moved and the new clinic opens.'' Dr Jury says the benefits of the new clinics are that they are built for the job and will be open longer hours. The old dental clinics are being replaced with modern, purpose- built clinics that will have longer opening hours and may open during school holidays,'' he says. New equipment is also being pur- chased which will result in more dental therapists and assistants being employed. All of this will result in reduced inequalities, improved access to services and better oral health out- comes for children and adolescents,'' he says. The schools which will be using the Balmoral dental clinic include Balmoral School, Edendale Primary School, Good Shepherd School, Kowhai Intermediate School and Mt Albert Primary School. The children at Marist Primary School and Marist College will be using the Wesley Intermediate den- tal clinic. Patrol needs more people Community Patrols are out in force in Mt Albert, keeping the streets safe and watching over the neigh- bourhood. Generous businesses have sponsored the scheme giving the patrols a car, equipment including cellphones, high visibility jackets and torches and are covering day-to- day running costs. The aim of the patrols is to cover problem areas and assist the police in reducing the crime rate and graffiti in the suburb. Patrol numbers at present are sufficient for one per week, but more members would enable extra patrols on other days. The group is looking for more members to join the patrol. Contact patrol co-ordinator Tony Mayes on 849-2745, 027-266-3750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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