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... amputee rehabilitation across the care continuum within Waikato District Health Board. Determining the knowledge base and identifying any barriers to implementing best practice will inform future educational opportunities and initiatives to deliver quality patient care across service provision.

Factors associated with length of stay of bariatric patients in Waikato DHBAims: The study aimed to explore how factors impacted prolonged hospital length of stay amongst people considered having bariat...

Occupational Therapy

Enhanced recovery after surgery: an evaluation of pre-operative education provided by the OT serviceAims: This study’s aims were to evaluate the pre-operative educational intervention versus no pre-operative educational intervention for patients who had elective hip and knee surgery.
Outcome: Low response rate to patient survey. Only 44% of elective hip/knee patients attended the pre surgery education. Findings demonstrated that education was well received by patients whether received pre or po...

Feedback or complaints

... be resolved quickly by talking things over. Speak to a staff member or ask to speak to a manager e.g. charge nurse, clinical nurse leader or team leader in the department, clinic or ward. If they are not available, ask to speak to the duty manager.

Patient advocacy servicesIf you would like assistance to make a complaint or give feedback, or help advocate for your needs or rights, you can contact a patient advocacy service. 

How you can give feedback or make a complaintThere are feedback form...

Anaemia and the importance of iron

... the body, maintains a healthy immune system to fight infections and gives you energy.
Anaemia symptoms include feeling tired, irritable, feel cold, being unable to concentrate or getting frequent infections.

If you are anaemic before your surgery, Patient Blood Management will help to boost your iron levels before your surgery or procedure.

How will GP services know if their patient has been seen and treated under the MidCPG programme?

All patients swabbed and treated under the MidCPG programme who have a POSITIVE GAS result will have a summary of their result and treatment details faxed to their GP.

Please ensure that each GP practice has internal processes for entry of this data onto their systems.  It is important that this data is held so a record can be kept of the frequency of GAS episodes and the treatment that patients receive. 

If you need a blood transfusion

If a blood transfusion is needed, then patient blood management means the transfusion is safe and patients are given only what they need. 
Your healthcare professional should explain transfusion risks, benefits and any alternatives that are available to you. Feel free to ask if you have any questions or concerns.
We have clear processes for patients who, for religious or other reasons, refuse blood transfusions. Please let us know as soon as possible, so we can discuss options with you.

What training and orientation will I receive?

Prior to commencing as a volunteer at Waikato DHB you will be invited to attend a training session. This is usually a morning session lasting approximately three hours (depending on group size).

Our training covers such topics as:

patient rights
health and safety - infection control
volunteer standards and expectations
wayfinding around the hospital
privacy and confidentiality
emergency procedures - security
event/incident reporting
relevant hospital policy.
Our volunteers are also expected to...

What training and orientation will I receive?

Prior to commencing as a volunteer at Waikato DHB you will be invited to attend a training session. This is usually a morning session lasting approximately three hours (depending on group size).

Our training covers such topics as:

patient rights
health and safety - infection control
volunteer standards and expectations
wayfinding around the hospital
privacy and confidentiality
emergency procedures - security
event/incident reporting
relevant hospital policy.
Our volunteers are also expected to...