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Number of breast cancer papients waiting for reconstruction or symmetry after breast surgery

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From: Lemm

Dear Hawke's Bay District Health Board,

I would like to request the district health board minutes and documents dating back as far as 2012 please..

I would also like to request information on How many women are waiting on post mastectomy reconstruction.? Apparently women who have reconstruction at the time of mastectomy are ok, but those for very valid reasons are not able to, have to wait indefinitely and are less likely to go on a waiting list.

Hospital waiting lists will not reflect the real numbers of women who are waiting. As when I wrote the MOH they stated in their letter that they did not hold this information.

I first had a mastectomy and reconstruction on 18 March 2013 and subsequently had to wait three years and five months to have a reduction operation for symmetry. I would have preferred to have had a prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction of the right breast. As I had met other women who developed breast cancer in their other breast and now it was too late.

I think women should have the right to choose what is the best possible outcome for their health and that this option in not only available for those with medical insurance.

How many women are waiting for prophylactic contralateral mastectomy?

How many women are waiting for breast reduction for symmetry following a trans flap mastectomy or other preference of reconstruction?

Only the surgeons will know this information and it should be recorded to the MOH each year at present this information is not. General Practice doctors are not the ones that should report this information. It should be the responsibility of surgeons to record this data and send it to the MOH.

Yours faithfully,

Evelyn Lemm
14 Chaucer Road South
Hospital Hill
Napier

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From: Annie Quinlivan
Hawke's Bay District Health Board


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Good afternoon Ms Lemm

 

On behalf of Anna Kirk, Communications Manager at the HBDHB, please find
attached an acknowledgement letter to your Official Information Act
request which was received at this office on 5 September 2016.

 

Kind regards

 

Annie Quinlivan

PA to Communications Manager

 

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board

Private Bag 9014, Hastings 4156

T: +64 6 878 8109 extn 4683

W: [1]www.hawkesbay.health.nz

Tauwhiro   Rāranga te tira   He kauanuanu   Ākina

 

Please note my hours are: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm

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From: Kathy Shanaghan
Hawke's Bay District Health Board


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Dear Ms Lemm
 
Please find attached a response to your Official Information Act request
dated 5 September 2016.
 
Regards
 
Kathy Shanaghan | Executive Assistant to CEO
Hawke’s Bay District Health Board
Private Bag 9014, Hastings 4156
T: ++64 6 878 1690 | External Ext: 4601| F: ++ 64 6 878 1648 | M: 0278
376232
W: [1]www.hawkesbay.health.nz
Tauwhiro     Râranga te tira     He kauanuanu     Âkina
 
 
 
 
 

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From: Tricia Caughley [HVDHB]


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Good Morning Evelyn

 

Please see the attached response to your OIA request.

 

Kind regards

Tricia

 

Tricia Caughley

Executive Administrator

Executive Reception,

Chief Executive Office

Pilmuir House

Hutt Valley District Health Board

Lower Hutt

 

Ph 04 570 9488

 

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