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By CATE BROUGHTON
paramedic assessment service,
implemented after the area lost its
local general practitioner after-
hours service in 2010, has won
accolades in the 2012 Australasian
The service was runner-up in the
clinical capability award.
Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson
said it proved the service was a
The whole community can be
justifiably proud of how everyone
worked together towards a
The service is accessed when
patients phone their GP after hours.
A nurse makes an assessment
over the phone and then refers the
patient to the appropriate care.
If a patient requires a face-to-face
assessment to determine the
immediate care required, a para-
medic assesses patients in their
homes and co-ordinates the
This may include referral to the
24-hour surgery or emergency
department in Christchurch, or
reassurance to the patient that they
are safe to wait and ring their GP
the next day.
Health campaigner Paula Thack-
well, who lobbied to keep the after-
hours GP service, said the after-
hours paramedic assessment service
was better than nothing'' and
patients who got access to an acute
nurse or paramedic through the
system received very good care.
We have got very highly-skilled
people in the paramedics and acute
nurses, and we must use them or we
could lose them and we don't want
However, Ms Thackwell said
many in the community did not
know the service was available.
A lot of people feel that accessing
it has been too complicated for
them, and they've bypassed that.
They get in their car and go to
Bealey Avenue or they go to Christ-
church Hospital,'' she said.
Plug pulled on Pulley's
COMING DOWN: A photo of the Pulley's Building in
Photo: COURTESY RANGIORA MUSEUM.
NEW HOME: Rangiora Dental Centre will
move to new permanent premises in
Percival St in January, leaving behind its
home of the last 40 years in the Pulley's
building in High St. Pictured are dentist Jo
Kent with dental assistant Debbie
By CATE BROUGHTON
ANOTHER OF Rangiora's his-
toric High St buildings is coming
down -- possibly in the next few
The Pulley's building, built in
1923, was declared unsafe in
March and its four tenants --
House of Travel, Rangiora Den-
tal Centre, Jaks and Farm to
Farm Tours were forced to make
a hasty exit.
The building's owner told the
Northern Outlook this week the
building will be demolished,
hopefully before Christmas''.
Rangiora Dental Centre,
which had served customers in
the upstairs part of the building
for about 40 years, will not be
waiting for a new building on
the same site.
The dental service has been
working from Fox Dental in Kip-
penberger St since it was forced
out, but is moving into a perma-
nent new home in Percival St in
Dentist Jo Kent said not being
in High St would not affect the
business, because it did not rely
on foot traffic.
The new site would have
In some ways it will be bet-
ter. There will be parking on site
which we didn't have before.''
The High St site had been
upstairs with no lift, whereas
the new building will have
Other buildings on High
Street are still in limbo, as own-
ers continue negotiations with
Bob Muschamp, owner of the
Robbies building, said he had
received an offer for repair of the
building but he would not accept
it, because his own quantity sur-
veyor had given a much higher
quote for the cost of repair.
He will also be considering
Farmers department store
spokesperson Michael Power
expected to receive engineering
reports this week.
Once we've heard from them,
hopefully we will sit down with
the insurers in the next week or
two and have a discussion on
where to from here -- so still slow
progress at the moment.''
He reiterated previous com-
ments about the company's com-
mitment to stay in Rangiora --
preferably in the High St build-
That is where we have been
and where we would like to stay
in the future, but until we
resolve the engineering issues
and insurance issues we don't
have a clear way forward.''
The Waimakariri District
Council and CERA say they
have no authority to speed up
the negotiations between pri-
vate building owners and their
We don't have any powers to
force insurers to get to resol-
ution, so we don't have any con-
trol in terms of hurrying the
negotiation up at all,'' council
chief executive Jim Palmer said.
A CERA spokesman said the
authority could intervene only
when there was an issue with
safety, but said that chief execu-
tive Roger Sutton does meet
regularly with insurers to dis-
cuss issues affecting Canterbury
property owners, and has
spoken publicly about his desire
to see insurers provide clear
timeframes to affected property
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