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Western News: April 17, 2018

4 Tuesday

4 Tuesday April 17 2018 WESTERN NEWS Latest Christchurch news at News McMaster & Heap Veterinary practice A week of orthopedics pAtients Last week was a busy orthopedic week at the clinic. I love an orthopedic challenge and as a young veterinarian I would have loved to have studied and specialized in orthopedic surgery. Steve and I went to the UK early on in our careers and Steve studied Ophthalmology. I didn’t think seriously about doing a surgical residency back then as Steve and I were desperate to get home to our two dogs, Chief and Tobias. Thinking back it would have been valuable for our Practice, considering how fast we have grown and how many surgical cases we see. I know my limitations and often we need to refer these cases to orthopedic specialists for the best outcome, as long as our client can financially afford this option. First up was Pluto, an adorable 5 month old grey tabby who suddenly came home lame on his right hind leg. No injuries, bruising or swellings were noted, although his stifle felt odd. Pluto was given an anti inflammatory injection and sent home on room rest. He returned a few days later having shown no improvement so I radiographed his pelvis and right hind leg. What I saw took me by surprise. Pluto had completely fractured his patella (knee cap) in half! I tried to splint the leg but cheeky little Pluto got that off in no time. He was cage rested for 1 week and then rexrayed. As you can see the gap has widened between the patella fragments. Currently Im seeking Pluto Baghera advice from a referral surgeon as to what is the best approach for little Pluto. Baxter is the cutest, calmest 6 month old Beagle who presented to me initially 4 weeks ago just sore and stiff in his hindquarters. He had leapt out of the car and yelped and cowered, as if he had Open 7 days Cnr Hoon Hay & Coppell place phone 338 2534, Fax 339 8624 e. pain somewhere. On examination his left hind leg had limited movement. Baxter was otherwise well, had been fed a premium puppy kibble but I was slightly worried that Baxter may have a degree of hip dysplasia. When Baxter was neutered I xrayed his hips. I noticed a left sided femoral neck stress fracture. We have strictly rested Baxter and the rexray taken one month later showed the fracture was slowly healing. Luckily this will come right with time, premium nutrition Baxter and taking it easy on the exercise front. Baghera, a 6 year old black DSH, was bought in by the SPCA one weekend after being found on the road, unable to move. Luckily he was microchipped so we found his very worried owner that day. He came in very cold, in shock and not able to stand at all. We immediately placed Baghera on intravenous fluid, warmed him up with hotties and a heating pad, administered pain relief and xrayed his hindquarters. He had suffered 2 pelvic fractures – an acetabular fracture to the left hip and a sacroiliac fracture to the right side. Both these prevented him from standing, therefore he couldn’t use his litter tray. He was hospitalized for a few days to make sure he had bladder function and to stabilize his condition. All the surgical options were discussed ( one being referral) with his loving owner and it was decided that we do surgery at the clinic, performed by Dr Steve Heap. So far Baghera is home, mobilizing, tioleting and doing well. Thank goodness for microchips! As you can see we often need to consult the specialists for the best option and outcome for our patients. We have digital xray so can easily email the images to the referral veterinarian and we will often get a report back in a few days. Steve and I are in the early stages of building a large new addition that will join our existing Practice ( we are just waiting for council consents). We are very excited as this will allow us to offer more services to our clients and to employ more vets with specialized skills in particular areas, and a specialized soft tissue and orthopedic surgeon will be on that list. Dr Michele McMaster McMaster & Heap NEW BUILD: This model shows the early concept design for the new Riccarton community centre. Riccarton community centre designed and set to open next year DESIGNS ARE being finalised for a two-storey community centre set to open in Riccarton next year. The new centre on Clarence St will replace the earthquake-damaged building on the former city council site next door. The city council opted to sell part of the site to fund the new centre. “Planning is well under way for this much-needed hub to service the needs of the local community,” city council capital delivery community manager Darren Moses said. “Our new 760 sq m, two-level centre will fill a post-earthquake gap in providing multiple meeting and activity spaces, along with a much-needed base for Riccarton service staff. “A large hall, customer service area and kitchen will be complemented by multiple on-site car parks. “We are in the developed design phase, and plan to provide site possession to the contractor by the end of the year.” The new facility opposite the Windmill Centre is on track to be open to the public by Christmas 2019. EXHIBITORS BOOK NOW June 29 - July 1 021 914 565

WESTERN NEWS Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday April 17 2018 5 News Massive opposition to park plan •From page 1 In August, city councillors voted between Warren, Denton and Kyle parks for the location of the Hornby Library, Customer Services and Leisure Centre. Denton Park was then chosen. In order to build on 9766 sq m of Denton Park, the reserve classification has to change. The facility’s proposed location has been highly controversial with sports clubs fearful Ross Houliston of losing their home ground to the new centre. Save Denton Park group treasurer Ross Houliston said he’s “pretty happy” with the number of submitters opposed to the city council’s plan but believes the city council will “put this thing through” anyway. Ten per cent of submitters voted for the changes, three per cent generally supported the plan but have some concerns and another three per cent put no selection. On Thursday, the city council released a 1891-page meeting agenda and a 394-page traffic management plan. OPPOSED: Eighty-four per cent of submitters have voted against reclassifying Denton Park and changing its management plan. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Mr Houliston said the city council’s traffic plan “is an absolute joke.” He said it has a lot of flaws but admits he’s not sure if there’s a good way to make a plan in such a busy area. The agenda addresses concerns which submitters had such as the effect on the sports clubs, gifting of land and vehicle parking. It also includes a Consultation and Crime Profile for Hornby. “Police victimisation data shows that Denton Park and Hornby Mall are categorised as experiencing the highest rates of crime when compared to all other mesh blocks nationally,” it read. However, it said incidents have “dropped considerably” since the closure of the Snafu Bar and Restaurant on Chalmers St. A Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design report was carried out and recommendations for the site included repositioning the proposed centre by 8m, creating a pedestrian only entrance from the north-west of Chalmers St and removing the cricket club rooms. • By Emily O’Connell A COMMUNITY board member is feeling positive after a meeting with the New Zealand Transport Agency regarding a new pedestrian refuge on Yaldhurst Rd. Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board’s Shirish Paranjape was concerned the refuge was making it more difficult for drivers. “That right turn was already very, very difficult because there are two lanes of traffic both ways but the flush median was a really good thing to have and now it has gone,” he said last week. But following a meeting at the site on Friday, Mr Paranjape is “very happy and satisfied” that he has been able to work with the Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk RESULTS: Community Board member Shirish Paranjape is “very happy and satisfied” following a meeting with a New Zealand Transport Agency representative regarding the placement of a pedestrian refuge Yaldhurst Rd. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Safety audit for refuge NZTA on the problem. “We have managed to work together to understand the problem and see it within the bigger picture context,” he said. A NZTA spokeswoman said the refuge “will help ensure safe connections for people living in the new development [Karamu Riccarton Park] to the existing community and its facilities on the other side of the highway and vice versa.” She said the work is part of the bigger picture of the Yaldhurst Rd corridor, “which includes the signalisation [traffic lights] of Steadmans Rd/Yaldhurst Rd and Withells Rd/Yaldhurst Rd.” Mr Paranjape said the refuge will be included in the safety audit and he “remains keen to know the outcome.” We’ve been trusted to look after hundreds of properties all over Christchurch. You can trust us to look after yours too. Property Manager of the Year NZ 2015/16 Ray Hastie Manager 027 448 8225 Paula Hastie Inspections Administrator 027 588 8822 Chloe McGill Property Manager 021 914 332 Rebekah Whalley Accounts Administrator 03 331 6755 Tom Brittenden Property Manager 021 054 5003 Local Experts – Citywide Knowledge Phone (03) 331 6755 Nominated for Ray White New Zealand Property Management Office of the Year, 2016/17 Prier Manson Real Estate Ltd Licensed (REAA 2008) liQUid laUndromats 47 Carmen road, hornby gasoline alley site, Cnr Carmen & waterloo roads 7 days: 6am-7.30pm wash & dry all yoUr laUndry in aboUt 1 hoUr $4.00 WASH $4.00 DRY wash 2 mink blankets, duvets or woolrests for only $8 DRY UP TO 3 LOADS IN ONLY 25 MINUTES! $4 SAvE TIME & ELEcTRIcITY SELF SERvIcE • Fast Dryers • Sports Gear • Duvets • Mink Blankets • Bedding • Washers • Domestic Laundry Other Locations: 289 Colombo Street, Sydenham • 345 Stanmore Road, Richmond 17 Halswell Road, Hoon Hay • 713 Ferry Rd, Woolston • 261 Burwood Road, Burwood