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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 --- 11 East Care Accident & Medical has played an integral role in the health of its local community for the past 25 years, evolving from the germ of an idea at conference for general practitioners in 1986. Throughout the 1970s and early 80s there were 17 general practitioners in the wider Howick, Bucklands Beach and Pakuranga areas. Divided into three groups, covering 24-hour care, they were unhappy about the amount of on-call time, the fragmentary nature of the service and the competitive and non collaborative patient care provided. It took another two years of discussion to agree to all join forces and provide a better after-hours medical service. As a result East Care Accident and Medical, a co-operative of 44 doctors, was formed in 1988, led by Dr John Betteridge (founding chair) from Bucklands Beach, Dr Graeme Kidd from Howick and Dr Tony Edwards from Half Moon Bay. It was established with a loan from the National Australia Bank, secured by personal guarantees. Shares were sold in the company in what was to become a hugely successful venture. The first board included Dr Henry Doerr, Dr Allan Moffitt, and Dr Bruce Greenfield, who is still a director to this day. Breakfast board meetings were held at Denny's Family Restaurant in Highland Park, and as that meal was the only form of director's remuneration for many years, the doctors were often seen to gorge on the Big Six Breakfast which would not have received today's Heart Foundation big tick. The first after hours rooms were in Aberfeldy Avenue, Highland Park but before long the clinic had outgrown its premises. Dr Brett Hyland became chair and had the grand vision to establish 24-hour care in a much bigger facility. Fortunately, the Counties Manukau District Health Board needed a better community outpatient service and it agreed to a combined venture with a new building being erected on DHB land in Botany Road. This was to comprise DHB outpatients, East Care 24-hour A&M Clinic, pharmacy, dentists, Medlab Laboratory, Mercy Radiology and physiotherapists. East Care is now one of only four 24-hour accident & medical clinics in greater Auckland. It offers a broad range of clinical services, including a specialists' centre, and forms a critical part of the clinical service in eastern Auckland. East Care is also, by patient volume, consistently the second largest A+M provider in Auckland yet retains its strong community focus. Community focus core to outstanding East Care 24-hour medical service Clockwise from top left: First board members Dr John ■ Betteridge, Dr Henry Doerr, Dr Bruce Greenfield, Dr Allan Moffitt and Dr Graeme Kidd; cake cutting -- Dr John Betteridge & Karen Andresen, our longest serving staff member; current board members -- Dr Bruce Greenfield, Dr Brett Hyland, Jeff Barkwill, Graham Hare. ADVERTORIAL 124136A 260 Botany Road, Howick 700m from Botany Town Centre Phone 277 1516 www.eastcare.co.nz 12 CORTINA PL, PAKURANGA. Ph 577 0002. PAKURANGA PANELBEATERS • In business for more than 40 years, providing panelbeating and painting services. • Repairing vehicles quickly and efﬁciently while maintaining the highest level of workmanship, and all work is guaranteed. • Insurance work a speciality. • We also do rust work for failed WOFs, door locks, re-attach bumpers, change door glass. • We even do welding repairs to lawnmowers, chairs and wheelbarrows. 117524-v2 Final frontier THE next meeting of U3A Pakuranga is on November 4 at St Andrew’s Church, corner of Ridge Road and Vincent Street, at 1.45pm. The guest speaker is Dr Kira Bacal, formerly of the NASA Johnson Space Centre, in the United States, “Planning a mis- sion to Mars – Part 2”. The other speaker is Dave Chapman on the “1946 victory parade in London”. Phone Bob on 534-4496 or Robin on 576-5572. Take Five FOR mums with young children, Take Five meets every second Fri- day, 10am to noon, at the Picton Cen- tre, 120 Picton Street, Howick. The playgroup is held in a nearby room for children to enjoy, while mothers attend their programme. Coffee and delicious morning tea is provided, new mums always welcome. On November 1, book bonanza features, taking a look at Christmas books for the family. For information phone Bronwyn on 532-9240. Social badminton FRIENDLY social badminton for those with game knowledge, peo- ple are welcome on Thursdays from 9.45am to midday at Howick Baptist Clarkson Hall, Wellington Street, Howick. For enquiries, phone June on 534-9849. Comedy hypnosis show A SCOUT jamboree fundraiser is at Saint Kentigern College Hall on October 31 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $20. It’s a night of fun and laughter for the family. Phone Dave on 527- 7374 or local scout leaders. Rural fare ALFRISTON Country Market is on November 2, 9am to noon in the com- munity hall beside Alfriston School, corner Mill and Alfriston Roads, Manurewa. For sale are wooden toys, knitted dolls, cloths and covers for the table, sewing and knitting for babies and children, cards, jewellery and plants. For details, phone Gendy on 266-5134. French film UXBRIDGE Cinema Club screens The Intouchables on October 31 at the Uxbridge Centre, Howick, at 8pm. It’s a French flm about an aristo- cratic and intellectual quadriplegic millionaire who employs an unlikely candidate as his carer. It’s about the developing relationship between the two very different people. Full of humour and pathos, it’s a moving story. Eat frst at the bistro for $15 (two courses), bookings essential, phone 535-7778. Film tickets cost $8, phone 535-6467. Party in the park BELLYFUL East Auckland Party in the Park 2013 will be held on Novem- ber 3 from 11am to 3pm at How- ick Softball Club and Meadowland Reserve, Meadowland Drive. Live stage bands and entertainment, dog grooming pet parade and demos, food stalls, American muscle cars and much more. Take a blanket and set up for the day with the family. Refer online to www.bellyful.org.nz. Soothing harmonies THE Auckland City Singers perform at Howick’s Uxbridge Creative Cen- tre on November 3 at 2pm. You’ll be entertained with award-winning har- monies and popular songs, includ- ing from Les Miserables and by The Beatles. Tickets cost $15 and $5 for students. To book, phone 535-6467. Green fingers PIGEON Mountain Garden Club meets on November 4 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, corner Ridge Road and Vincent Street, Howick. The speaker is Lindsay Hatch from Joy Plants. Best bloom and foliage entries. Phone Gabby on 537-2979. Age Concern PAKURANGA SeniorNet meets on November 1, 10am at St Andrew’s Church, corner Ridge Road and Vincent Street. The guest speaker is Melanie Jaggs from Age Concern, who will talk on what it offers older folk. Visitors welcome. Phone War- ren on 534-3482. The movie The Intouchables rolls at the Uxbridge Cinema Club this Thursday, Halloween, from 8pm. Photo supplied Fashion precinct opens this week at Botany centre NINE new retailers have been attracted to a leisure and fast-fashion precinct to be offcially opened on Halloween. Botany Town Centre is unveiling its $7 mil- lion retail refurbishment development, The Lane, formerly Fountain Lane South, this Thursday. Making their Botany debuts are Goodness Therapy, Temt, Factorie, Yoghurt Story, Valley Girl, Lab 48 and Tomuri & Co Floral Design. General Issue, for- merly a temporary store, has become a permanent fxture, while facing from The Lane to Parkway is the new branch of the Co- operative Bank. The project, which represents a substantial investment by Botany Town Centre owner, AMP Capital Property Portfolio Fund, is open- ing to coincide with the launch of the spring- summer fashion and pre-Christmas shopping periods. Along with the new retail stores, Botany Town Centre manager Bronwyn Anchor says The Lane has a contem- porary look and feel with extensive natural light, comfort zones and an up- to-the-minute aesthetic. Refurbishment has involved roofng-in and weatherproofng, bring- ing shop fronts forward to improve visibility and removing industrial con- crete fnishes and col- umns. The piazza foor has been raised to resemble the Fashion Pavilion and a covered walkway over Town Centre Drive links the pavilion to The Lane. The amenities and par- ents room has also been upgraded. Most stores in The ■ Lane at Botany Town Centre opened last Thursday. The offcial opening is at 9.30am on October 31. At 6pm, pop boy band Titanium performs in Town Square, followed by a CD signing session in The Lane. BOTANY BEAT is a free community notice-board for non-pro t groups. 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