Saturday, October 2, 2010
Kingston Clinic: A lovely day for rural midwifery in NZ
I have had a busy few days in Lumsden. No babies born here, well not yet anyway, but plenty to do. Visiting Mums and doing some administrative tasks around the unit in Lumsden.
Lumsden is situated in Northern Southland, a little more than half way between Queenstown and Invercargill. It also is the local maternity service for women from TeAnau. So it is in the middle of one of the most scenic parts of New Zealand and it is a real privilege to work here. The local community is mostly a farming community but there are also a lot of overseas visitors a long term residents in the mix as well. Many women from Queenstown want to birth in Lumsden as it is not quite as far as Invercargill but is closer to transfer there if there is need to in labour.
To make this service more accessible to Queenstown women we have just started running an antenatal clinic in Kingston. Kingston is on the very Southern tip of Lake Wakatipu. The friendly people from the local golf club have agreed to let us use their club rooms for a clinic. I travelled up there on Friday for the first clinic day. We had three women come to this clinic so not really busy, but I think this will pick up in time.
Here is a picture of the clinic in the Golf Club at Kingston. See Lake Wakatipu and the snow capped mountains in the background.