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Hawke’s Bay children benefit from Trust funds

MEDIA RELEASE

5 December 2003

24 more Hawke’s Bay children to benefit from Princess Alexandra Medical Trust funds

Thanks to the generosity of the Princess Alexandra Medical Trust, 24 more Hawke’s Bay children will undergo surgery this Saturday to have grommets inserted in their ears.

In August this year, the Trust funded 24 grommet procedures.

Grommet surgery is very successful in reducing the impact and incidence of glue ear in children. Small plastic devices, shaped like miniature cotton reels, are inserted into the ear- drum to allow any build up of fluid to drain away.

Glue ear occurs when there is a build up of fluid behind the ear-drum which thickens and has the effect of ‘dulling’ a child’s hearing. When hearing is impaired, this can have a profound effect on speech, learning and behaviour.

Otolaryngologist, Dr David Grayson said it is an effective operation which is carried out as day surgery.

The Princess Alexandra Medical Trust, which was established in 1975 assists people in need of medical assistance.

Manager of surgical services, Karen Orsborn, said “This surgery is over and above what we are funded to provide, so it’s excellent news for these children, and we’re very grateful to the Princess Alexandra Medical Trust for their generosity. “

“The 24 who were selected to have surgery this Saturday are those who are considered to be in the highest need.

“I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our theatre staff and otolaryngologist, (Ear, Nose & Throat) surgeon, Dr Paul Mason, who will be working on Saturday to ensure these children get their grommets,” Karen Orsborn said.

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