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Counties Manukau Health Orthogeriatrics

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Description

The Orthogeriatric Service is a specialist service that provides:

  • geriatrician assistance in the care of older adults under orthopaedic teams with a view to assisting in optimising peri-operative care
  • assessment of appropriate patients for transfer to rehabilitation wards
  • lead multidisciplinary team of allied staff and orthopaedic house surgeons participating in discharge planning of older adults and provide liaison with rehabilitation services.
  • A ‘falls and osteoporosis’ clinic allows a process for assessing and treating patients with recurrent falls, osteoporosis and fractures.
  • Bone Density Service - find information about this service here
  • Fracture Liaison Service

The Fracture Liaison Service works with people over the age of 50 who have suffered a fragility fracture (low impact bone break) e.g. a broken bone following a fall from standing height. The aim of the service is to prevent any further fractures. The most common fragility fractures are fractures of the hip, wrist, shoulder or spine and are commonly caused by Osteoporosis (brittle or fragile bones). The service is run by a coordinator whose role is to identify patients presenting with fragility fracture and arrange investigation, falls clinic referral and follow-up required. The coordinator will follow these people by phone for up to 6 months to ensure any required treatment has been started and is continuing as appropriate.

 

The orthogeriatric team currently consists of two SMOs, one registrar and one orthogeriatric coordinator. 

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Falls

    These are not a natural part of aging.  There are many reasons why people fall over and a review of your medical problems and medications may well reveal some reasons for falling that can be fixed.  If you have lots of falls, seeing a specialist as well as the physiotherapist… More

  • Joint Replacement

    For elderly patients joint replacement surgery is commonly required to treat joints damaged from wearing out, arthritis or other forms of joint disease including rheumatoid arthritis.… More

  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones. Osteoporosis is not painful but it makes your bones more prone to breaking (fracture).  Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis and as you get older you are more likely to have it.… More PDF

Charges

There are no charges for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the Eligibility Directions specified criteria set by the Ministry of Health.  If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full costs of any medical treatment you receive during your stay.

To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website.

For any applicable charges, please phone the Accounts Receivable Office on (09) 276 0060.

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Important

This notice is to inform you that the walking distance from the Station Entrance to Reception A is one kilometre.

 It is recommended that you enter Colvin Complex Building 31 at Carpark 6 which is directly outside Reception A, Colvin Complex.

 To get to Carpark 6, enter the carpark by turning into Main Gate 1 at the roundabout on Hospital Road. Follow the main driveway until you arrive at Carpark 6 on the right.  Please see the map enclosed for more detail.

 You have been provided with a car parking permit, please place this on your dashboard where this can be clearly seen. You will still be required to pay for parking when you exit the hospital. If you are being dropped off there is free parking for 15mins only or 30mins after 2pm.

Contact Details

Middlemore Hospital

South Auckland

Middlemore Hospital
Hospital Road
Otahuhu
Auckland

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Street Address

Middlemore Hospital
Hospital Road
Otahuhu
Auckland

Postal Address

Orthogeriatrics, AT & R Unit
Private Bag 93311
Otahuhu
Auckland 1640

This page was last updated at 4:13PM on September 19, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Orthogeriatrics.