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The week that was
THUR, MAY 2
Another day, another blunder. Southland Hospital
hit headlines with yet another misdiagnosis. This
time Tracey Paterson was the victim. She was told
she had a uterine infection and sent home, but
the woman's appendix ruptured and she went into
toxic shock. Her story was very similar to that of
Shanna Roughan, who appeared in The Times the
day before. The Southern District Health Board
medical director surgical directorate Murray
Fosbender said abdominal complaints were
complex and that Southland Hospital provides
excellent standard of care''.
FRI, MAY 3
Memories still raw
It was more than a year ago but emotions still run
deep in Southland about the Easy Rider tragedy.
While the damning Transport Accident
Investigation Commission report found a number
factors which led to the incident, it also
highlighted the fact that Southland is still
mourning the tragic loss of lives.
SAT, MAY 4
Another story about K2 and it's detrimental
effects made the news. This time, it was the police
speaking out. Invercargill Inspector Olaf Jensen
said he was concerned for the safety of police
officers and assaults on police increased when K2
MON, MAY 6
It was back to work on Monday after what was a
successful start to the duck shooting season for
most. With roast duck back on the menu and no
serious injuries reported, duck shooters were a
happy bunch following the weekend.
TUES, MAY 7
Let's shame them
That's the call from Southland Boys' High School
principal Ian Baldwin. Enough is enough with the
K2, and he wants sellers to be outed. This week
will see the end of the legal selling of K2, but the
test will be to see who abides by the law change.
WED, MAY 8
Man's best friend came to the rescue for one
mother and son. A 4-year-old boy fell down a bank
on their family farm on the West Coast and
became stuck on Monday. His mother, who went
to his rescue, became stuck as well and the pair
ended up being stranded for the night.
Fortunately, their pet dogs fell down the bank as
well, and they were able to cuddle up to the dogs
for warmth during the night. The next morning,
the mother was able to clamber to safety and
raise the alarm. Thankfully, the boy was
stretchered to safety and taken to hospital.
Quarter century of helping
Looking back: Pat Hardy, 83,
looks through some of the
photos of events at Hospice
Southland in Elles Rd.
Photo: LOUISE BERWICK
By LOUISE BERWICK
She's been the smiling face behind the
reception desk, the collection box and in
the kitchen for quarter of a century.
Pat Hardy, though, shrugs off her 25
years of volunteering for Southland
Hospice as nothing, clearly modest about
her commitment to the organisation.
The 83-year-old has done more than her
fair share of work for the branch and that
will again be the case during Hospice
Awareness Week from May 13 to 19.
Hospice Southland promotions officer
Renee Goldup said Pat was a familiar
face around the Elles Rd facility.
''She's fantastic, we really love her
Pat is one of about 250 volunteers that
give up their time to volunteer for the
''There's a lot of things that volunteers
do, without that it would cost us a fortune
to do. We rely on the volunteers.''
Pat has been involved with Invercargill's
hospice since the very beginning, when
the palliative care hospital first opened.
''Conned'' into it by a friend, the
Invercargill woman has not looked back
and since 1988 has given up thousands of
hours to make sure the place ran
smoothly behind the scenes.
She has been the hospice committee
secretary, worked on reception and at
one point even cooked and cleaned at the
Elles Rd facility.
Pat modestly said that she had got a lot
more out of the organisation than she has
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