Aotea News December 2009

Access the articles from Aotea News, December 2009, below.


Welcome to the 2009 spring edition of Aotea News. With the year nearly ended, I am reflecting on the sustained efforts of the practice in 2009 in helping deliver the right results at the right time to your patients. Find out more here.

Thank you for your feedback and support for our service

Our recent referrer survey has found that 97 percent of practitioner respondents rate Wellington SCL’s overall service as very good or excellent. Find out more here.

Stores department hours

Wellington SCL stores department will only be closed on the statutory holidays during the holiday period. Find out more here.

Antenatal HIV screening on the rise

Latest figures from the programme offering all pregnant women an antenatal HIV test show 70 percent of pregnant women were tested in August – a big improvement over the 12 percent in April prior to the start of the programme. Find out more here.

Urinalysis and chronic kidney disease

Urinalysis is an important test for screening and investigating chronic kidney disease (CKD). Find out more here.

Frozen sections – appropriate use and limitation

The frozen section is a valuable intraoperative tool that can add to a patient’s standard of care, if used appropriately. Find out more here.

There is no such thing as a routine Troponin

Over the last year there have been increasing numbers of requests for troponin T in what appears to be a ‘screening’ mode. That is, the test is requested together with fasting glucose, lipids and other routine tests, with no clinical details provided and no indication of urgency. Find out more here.

Aotea wins contract for Human Papillomavirus genotyping project

Although four out of five people will have a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection at some time in their lives, generally sexually transmitted, little is known about the prevalence in New Zealand of the morethan-100 strains of HPV. Find out more here.

How to assess if a patient with lymph node enlargement requires fine needle aspiration

In community pathology practice, most requests for fine needle aspiration (FNA) consultations are for patients with lymphadenopathy. Evidence-based good practice assessments now question what role, if any, FNA has in their work-up. Find out more here.

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