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Braemar turns 90

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Pain Clinic opens at Braemar Hospital

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TVNZ Video: Safer Keyhole Surgery

Keyhole surgery is set to become safer, more exacting and faster at a Hamilton private hospital, the first in Australasia to bring Hollywood digital technology to its operating theatres.

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Seven Sharp Video: Braemar’s Specialist featured

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Hollywood technology now used for surgery in Hamilton hospital

Braemar Hospital's Tom Ingram and Margaret Dube show off the latest 4k technology used for keyhole surgery - the first of its kind in Australasia.  Technology that makes Hollywood blockbuster movies is now being used for patients undergoing keyhole surgery.

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Delightful sketch by patient

We recently received a wonderful sketch from a Braemar patient.

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Hamilton surgeon offers rare hot chemotherapy treatment

Dr Simione Lolohea received a Royal Order of the Crown of Tonga Commander Award in July, for his services to Tonga. A Hamilton surgeon is offering cancer patients a fighting chance at life, with the alternative being a series of palliative treatment.

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Elbow surgery breaks ground in New Zealand

Hamilton man Jim Davey said the pain in his elbow was so unbearable, he contemplated ending his life. He had lived with the severe pain, caused by rheumatoid arthritis, for a long time.

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Beautiful garden creates a ‘special place’

A corner in the Braemar Hospital grounds in Hamilton has been turned into a special garden where patients, visitors and staff can spend quiet time.

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Braemar Sings the Blues

Braemar turned blue in September as part of a nationwide campaign to raise prostate cancer awareness.

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Waikato surgical ‘first’ benefits Kiwis

Public and private health providers have combined for what is believed to be the first time in New Zealand in carrying out a surgical demonstration of an elbow replacement.

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Medical man enjoys fast lane thrill of racing

Braemar Hospital's anaesthetist Greg Spark was recently profiled in the Waikato Times online.

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Braemar Hospital Colonoscopy service featured in the Waikato Times

Braemar Hospital and the Tawa Street Clinic team were recently featured in the Waikato Times online.

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Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer is the second most common form of cancer in New Zealand. Find it early. Prevent it. Treat it. Know the facts.

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Waikato Breast Cancer Trust's Pink Walk 2013

Braemar hospital has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Waikato Breast Cancer Trust’s Pink Walk for many years. Braemar Hospital is the Gold sponsor of the walk joining many other Waikato organisations supporting the cause as Silver and Bronze sponsors.

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Bringing new life to the Braemar courtyard

While Braemar was closed for the Christmas break, a transformation was taking place on the upper floor. A courtyard area between patients’ rooms, previously almost devoid of plant life, was being transformed into a green sanctuary, with Nikau palms, native grasses and river rocks.

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Patu donated by David and John Young

The patu donated by David and John Young has pride of place in the memorabilia section in the main reception area.

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New Cafe opens at Braemar

A new café has opened at Braemar serving a range of hot and cold drinks, light snacks and fruit. The café is situated in main reception area and is open from 7:30am to 2:30pm, Monday to Friday.

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New chemotherapy unit at Braemar opens

An American oncologist, Dr Anna Goodwin came to New Zealand three years ago to take up a position as a locum oncologist with the Waikato District Health Board, a position she held until March this year. Following that appointment, she was approached by Braemar to establish the Waikato’s first private chemotherapy treatment centre.

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Braemar Cancer Care

Anna Goodwin will head Braemar Hospital’s day chemotherapy unit, due to open in January next year. An American oncologist, she came to New Zealand three years ago to take up a position as a locum oncologist with the Waikato District Health Board, a position she held until March this year.

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Braemar supports the Pink Walk 2012

Braemar hospital has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Waikato Breast Cancer Trust’s Pink Walk for many years. Last year the hospital agreed to be the Gold sponsor of the walk joining many other Waikato organisations supporting the cause as Silver and Bronze sponsors. For the seventh year running the Hamilton lakeside and Innes Common turned pink as over 1000 men, women, children and dogs – and even a horse -

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Stage Two official opening

Stage 2 of the new Braemar Hospital was officially opened on 28 September 2012 by John and David Young, sons of founder Sister Frances Young.

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Braemar has launched its Spring/Summer menu

Braemar has launched its spring summer menu. Venetia Sherson was at the preview tasting… Summer is a favourite season for Braemar chef Louise Chidlow. It represents fresh salads, aromatic herbs – including her all-time favourite, coriander – sweet-scented vine tomatoes, fresh berries, plus the chance to experiment with new dishes for Braemar patients and staff.

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Surgeon sidelined for shoulder reconstruction

Braemar surgeon Ian Campbell has been sidelined for at least four months while he recovers from an acute shoulder reconstruction. Professor Campbell, a general, breast oncoplastic and endocrine surgeon will be replaced by locum Erica Whineray Kelly, a specialist breast surgeon from Auckland.

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Braemar launches Autumn/Winter menu

Venetia Sherson finds much to tempt the taste buds on Braemar’s new autumn/winter menu. “If you don’t like coriander or rosemary at Braemar, you are in trouble,” says the hospital’s head chef Louise Chidlow.

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Celebrating 85 years

Braemar Hospital is celebrating its 85th birthday this year. To mark the occasion, we would like people to send in their memories of the hospital during its early years in Hamilton. Two people who had an early association with the hospital were John and Sally Coles from Karapiro.

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Head Chef Louise Chidlow

Louise Chidlow, Braemar head chef, goes out of her way to ensure every taste is catered for… Shortly before she took up her role as head chef at Braemar Hospital, Louise Chidlow was plating 500-600 meals a weekend for discerning patrons at a popular Hamilton pub and restaurant. The bubbly young woman says the contrast between pub culture and private hospital care couldn’t be greater. But, interestingly, the food is not dissimilar.

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'Hip Op' builder's neat gadget stops the crutches sliding away

Using crutches after a hip replacement operation at Hamilton’s Braemar Hospital some months ago almost drove builder Graham Campion to distraction. “Not so much when they were in use,” he said. “But I’d lean them somewhere when I sat down and you could guarantee that when I went to grab them again one, or both, would slide away onto the floor.

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Mr Steve McChesney

Orthopaedic surgeon Steve McChesney loves flying. But he also loves giving other people the chance to pursue their passions on the sports field and as they get older. If Steve McChesney had followed in his father’s footsteps, he would have been a pilot. If he had followed through on his career choice in his final year at Auckland’s Kings College, he would have become an accountant.

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Patient's bright idea changes lives

Graham Campion had a bright idea while he was recovering from a hip operation at Braemar Hospital. In this story, which appeared in the Waikato Times, he talks about an invention that will make the lives of other patients easier...

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Braemar Hospital again offers free surgery for children

GPs are being asked to nominate children for free surgery at Braemar Hospital. For the third time Braemar Hospital is offering surgery free of charge to children. In 2008 a total of 15 children received much needed surgery. In 2010 this number increased to 17 children.

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The Braemar Experience: A Patients Eye View

The Braemar Experience… This is a first person – patient’s eye view of Braemar Hospital. Yes, it was me trundling in there early one morning full of trepidation over the ‘operation’ I was about to have performed on my leg – By Mike Blake, WBN.

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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Richard Willoughby

As an orthopaedic surgeon, Richard Willoughby has seen people with terrible injuries. He says it is extremely rewarding to help them on the road to recovery.

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Professor Ian Campbell

Breast cancer surgeon Ian Campbell delights in giving his patients the good news stories.One is that most will have a positive outcome. “Most of my patients can be very confident about their long-term outcomes. The death rate from breast cancer has halved in New Zealand in the past 30 years. In the future, we will have more effective treatments, less toxic treatments and better targeted therapy.”

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Braemar Supports the Hamilton Pink Walk

Braemar staff got into the spirit of the Pink Walk and dressed in their finest pink outfits to walk around Hamilton Lake to show their support of breast cancer awareness.

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Team Approach to Breast Cancer at Braemar

Braemar Hospital surgeons say new surgical techniques offer women with breast cancer better chances of survival and an enhanced self-image. Penny*, 32, was due to get married when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Braemar sings the blues

Braemar Hospital turned blue in September as part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer. From September 13-17, the hospital was decorated with blue flowers and ribbons; staff wore blue bows and t-shirts and painted their faces blue to raise awareness of the disease which kills 600 New Zealand men annually.

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Mr Julian White

Most people don’t get the chance to see what Julian White sees. Most people don’t have the training that he has. But plenty of people may one day need his services.

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Mr Chris Holdaway

Chris Holdaway has performed hysterectomies under canvas, and repaired major aortic aneurysms in pristine operating theatres. Medical backgrounds don’t come much more varied than that of Braemar Hospital’s senior vascular surgeon, who is also a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal NZ Army Medical Corps.

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