Southern air to get fresher!

Twenty cafes in Otago and Southland will be making their outdoor spaces smokefree this summer as part of a pioneering pilot.

Dr Rachael Hart, CEO of the Otago and Southland Cancer Society, says this unique outdoor dining project has now come to Otago and Southland, and will let Southerners and visitors experience the benefits of smokefree outdoor dining.

“The vast majority of Southerners, around 85 per cent, don’t smoke, and research shows that they want to be able to enjoy outdoor dining without the smoke,” says Dr Hart.

Her comments are reinforced by Public Health South’s Health Promotion Advisor Emily Nelson. “Food tastes better, and being outside is nicer, when you don’t have smoke around you.”

Jane Shaw, owner of Provisions of Arrowtown and The Boatshed Café in Queenstown supports the fresh air initiative. “Great food, great coffee and great settings don’t go well with a smoking environment. We are family-friendly and want to look after our whanau.”

The 20 hospitality venues participating in the Fresh Air pilot are:

• Odelay Café
• Café Society
• The Exchange
• Provisions
• The Boatshed
• Franks Eatery
• Franks Pantry
• Allpress Espresso
• Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co.
• Modaks Espresso
• The Perc Central
• Gaslight Restaurant & Wine Bar
• Liquid Assets Juice Bar
• Madam Woo
• The Seriously Good Chocolate Company
• Charlie’s Kitchen
• Good Fix Café
• Make’n’Bake
• The Cheeky Llama
• The Pantry

Introducing Te puna wai ora – Southern Critical Care

A new name is accompanying the new beginning for critical care in the Southern district.

To mark the opening of Stage One of the ICU, a new name has been chosen to better describe the new direction of this important service: Te puna wai ora - Southern Critical Care.

The transition from Intensive Care to Critical Care will be more fully realised with the work of the unit when Stage Two opens in mid-2019.

Key facts

Staging: Stage One opens with 12 bed spaces. Stage Two next year will add another 10 bed spaces.

Space: Bed spaces are 20 square metres compared to eight square metres per bed in the current unit.

Equipment: Every bed has a ceiling hoist, dialysis capacity and modern pendants with data, oxygen and suction.

Privacy: Half the 12 bed spaces can be shut off from the rest of the unit.

Lighting: There is dimmable lighting in the patient bed-space, and down-lighting so staff can get around safely when the patient lights are off.

Access to natural light: The beds on the northern side of the hospital have great access to natural light. These will be used for longer stay patients. The beds can be turned around so they can face out the window.

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