Doctors make big difference to many locals

Thursday April 07, 2016 Written by Published in Health
Orthopaedic specialists (from left) Dr Deacon Teapa and visiting specialist Dr David Bartle, from Tauranga, New Zealand. 16040411 Orthopaedic specialists (from left) Dr Deacon Teapa and visiting specialist Dr David Bartle, from Tauranga, New Zealand. 16040411

THIS year’s orthopaedic surgeries and counselling services project could not have been the success it has been without New Zealand’s orthopaedic specialist Dr David Bartle and Rarotonga-based Dr Deacon Teapa.

 

If not for the duo, some the 150 people who had operations and counselling services last week would have faced painful futures.

Based at Tauranga Hospital in New Zealand’s North Island, Dr Bartle has specialised in orthopaedics for 10 years.

Married with two children, he has been visiting the Cook Islands for the past three years providing orthopaedic services to the public.

And he says the past few days have been a busy and challenging one for both doctors.

Since he arrived on Rarotonga on Tuesday of last week, he says he has been seeing people with many orthopaedic problems including arthritis and old fractures.

“The main focus is seeing them in clinics and booking them for surgeries. Some of the surgeries are taking place here while in the case of others we’ll have to send people to New Zealand. That’s those who have to go undergo joint replacement surgeries,” Dr Bartle said.

“Altogether we have 150 people to see, not including referrals from the outer islands.”

Dr Bartle says he has seen many improvements on the islands in terms how people look after their health compared to when he first visited Rarotonga.

 “Generally people want to be healthy and are looking for advice, information and education about their health conditions.

“And having Dr Deacon here is a huge asset to the community.”

He said he had been overwhelmed by the positive response he had received from the public as people turned up in large numbers to make use of the services provided by the duo.

 

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