Botany and Ormiston Times
Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday June 10 2013
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, June 10, 2013 --- 13 Traffic queues on the motorway are fast becoming a distant memory for many patients of orthopaedic surgeon Mr Gary French thanks to his handy location at Orm- iston Hospital. Moving from his central Auckland location in 2009, Mr French founded his private practice, Ormiston Ortho- paedics, at the local hospital without any inkling as to how things would pan out. "We took a punt, but it's worked exceptionally well!" says Mr French. "Patients from south and east Auck- land areas were finding it increas- ingly difficult to get to appointments when I worked in the central city." "Now, getting to and from the hos- pital is much easier for patients and their friends and family/whanau to visit and offer support -- which is so important." "It makes complete sense for peo- ple to seek treatment locally if such treatment is available, given the ever increasing congestion on Auckland's main transport routes," says Mr French, himself a South Auckland resident. "I no longer find myself stuck in the car in traffic and it's so conve- nient for me to drop in and check on patients either at the weekend or after hours." He says that the comfortable hos- pital environment contributes to the patients' happiness and well-being. "Our patient surveys consistently produce outstanding results, and our patients are extremely satisfied. They say it's like staying at a hotel, not a hospital!" What's more, those with South- ern Cross health insurance are finding orthopaedic care a lot more affordable now that Mr French is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for primary hip and knee replacement surgery. "Previously, many people with limited cover chose to go on public hospital waiting lists despite having paid insurance premiums. Now, as an affiliated provider, Mr French can provide certainty of costs involved with hip and knee replacements, and as a result most Southern Cross members with partial insurance cover now choose to have their sur- gery in the private sector." "It's made a huge difference to the patients, and reduces the impact on the public hospital waiting lists." Mr French's practice at Ormis- ton Orthopaedics is largely focused on hip and knee joint replacement surgery, both primary and revision. He also performs knee arthroscopy, knee ligament reconstruction, foot surgery and other general orthopae- dic procedures. He spent 18 years at Counties Manukau DHB treating bone and soft tissue cancer patients, and retired from this part of his practice in December 2011. After more than 20 years in ortho- paedics, the dedicated surgeon is highly respected in his field. Local GPs constantly refer patients to his services and the hospital is well- equipped to handle the demand. "We have plenty of back up facilities. The hospital has visiting cardiologists and a range of skilled surgical specialists, as well as excel- lent x-ray, MRI, and ultrasound ser- vices. "The specialists all work together at Ormiston, with the patient as their primary focus." Although Mr French has ceased his work in the public sector, this means he has more time to focus on his patients and ensure they receive the best care possible. He still holds an Honorary Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon position with CMDHB which allows him to continue his ties with the public health sector. In addition, he sees patients at the Counties Care Accident & Medical Clinic in Papakura from 8am-12pm every Friday. For a caring, local approach to orthopaedic health, call into: Ormiston Orthopaedics, Ormiston Hospital, 125 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush. Phone 252 0370. www.ormistonortho.co.nz. Rest your bones in good hands Orthopaedic specialist Mr Gary French and his team at the handy location on Ormiston Road, Flat Bush. Advertorial 122588 THE next public performance of the Manukau Symphony Or- chestra (MSO) features works by iconic North American compos- er George Gershwin and the talents of guest pianist Stephen De Pledge. The concert, entitled Rhapsody Gershwin, is held at Vodafone Events Centre [formerly Telstra- Clear Pacifc Events Centre] in Manukau on June 29. Guest conductor Rupert D’Cruze will take the audience on a musical journey of 1920s London, Paris and New York, into a world imagined by Gershwin and fellow composers Benjamin Britten, Sir Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams. 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