Nelson Leader : February 12th 2015
28 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 12, 2015 Nelson Marlborough District Health Board www.nmdhb.govt.nz HPV IMMUNISATION Girls in Year 8 are given the opportunity to be immunised against the virus that causes most cervical cancer HPV immunisation gives many benefits from reducing the number of women who have to have treatment and investigations for abnormal smears through to saving lives of those who might have died from cervical cancer. The three Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are given to Year 8 girls in the upper arm, over six months. This immunisation is free to girls until they are 21 years of age. The Public Health Nursing Board Talk Happy New Year from everyone at NMDHB. While you have been enjoying the wonderful summer in the HAND HYGIENE NMDHB has continued to improve in the use of the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene and look forward to further improvements in the next quarter. Clean hands limit the spread of infection and can save lives. The Five Moments are designed to be easy to learn, logical and applicable in a wide range of settings. The use of the five moments of hand hygiene, in NMDHB hospitals, are monitored through regular audits, and information on hand hygiene is included in new staff orientation. The DHB reached 75% compliance which is the average DHB achievement around the country. Hospital and community pharmacies have been invited to take part in Let’s PLAN pharmacy week, which will run from 22 to 28 February. The purpose of the week is to encourage people to learn more about their medicines by talking to their pharmacist or taking away information. See more www.open.hqsc.govt.nz team visits schools in early February for education sessions with parents and students. Girls who are not attending school can access the vaccine through a family doctor, practice nurse or health clinic. The vaccination has been on the Immunisation Schedule since 2011 as a free vaccination for girls in Year 8. From age 20 girls must still get cervical cancer smear tests even if they are fully immunised. The vaccine used targets the types of Top of the South, many of the DHB staff have worked through and have been incredibly busy, so a big "thank you" to them. The Board has started the year looking at what services we are going to need to provide in future years. Yes, there is When you collect your medicine you may want to ask: HPV responsible for 70 % of cervical cancer and 90% of genital warts. Clinical trials show it is highly effective in preventing these types of HPV in young women who have not previously been exposed to them. So far, ongoing studies show three doses of the vaccine protects against HPV infection for at least eight years after immunisation. Additional antibody studies suggest protection will be long lasting. See more on the HPV page on the Ministry of H a degree of crystal ball gazing about this exercise, but one thing is certain we are going to need your help to make it work. We need you to take care of yourself and your families - take time to relax, be sun smart, if you smoke - stop, be sensible with alcohol, eat well, exercise often and be happy! If you notice any of your body's normal functions alter, get it checked as early as possible - prevention and early detection will give you a much better chance of a healthy future. We will support you when you need us, but we ealth webpage. need you to do your bit, too. Working together, we can build a healthy community and make sure we have the right services when needed. Take care of yourselves, and have a healthy and happy 2015. enny Black Chair J , NMDHB APPOINTMENT Nel 5461800 Marl 5209999 February 2015 Pamela Kiesanowski has been appointed as the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Director of Nursing & Midwifery (DONM). Pam joined the DHB in February 2012 initially as the Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) Project Co-ordinator before becoming Associate Director of Nursing / Operations Manager in late 2013. Prior to coming to Nelson Marlborough Ms Kiesanowski was the Director of Nursing, Medical Services at Christchurch Hospital for eight years. Ms Kiesanowski has also been the Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery since September 2014. She said that ever since she was 11 years old she knew she would proudly follow in her mother’s footsteps and be a nurse. Above Pamela Kiesanowski is pictured next to a portrait of her mother.
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