It was another cold and frosty winters morning and I had arranged to meet Chris in the car park at the Kingborough Sports Centre. We had never actually met in person before so I parked next to him and put my hazards on – our agreed way of finding each other in the dark. The man sitting in the car opposite mine, just turned away and forced himself to look straight ahead.
Just as I realised my mistake another car arrived, and thankfully this time it was Chris. We introduced ourselves, jumped in the car and hit the road heading down the beautiful and icy Huon highway.
We arrived in good time and with a tray of bacon and egg sandwiches in hand – a sure way to win over the locals – especially ‘Ratu’ the Geeveston Practice dog. The Geeveston sessions are always combined with the staff from Dover who travel up for the event. All the staff make a consistent effort to attend and despite the early hour they are a welcoming and enthusiastic audience.
The EMET program aims to provide education tailored to the needs of recipients. I am constantly in communication with our external stake holders to ensure that our sessions meet their needs and interests. As per a request from one of the Dover GP’s Chris was presenting about ‘Eye Emergencies’. He followed this up with Dental emergencies and a focused case discussion on one of their recent presentation that was referred to the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Chris’s presentation focused on the types of eye emergencies that the GP’s might commonly come across including Central Retinal Artery Occlusion, Central Retinal Vein Occlusion, Vitreous Haemorrhage, retinal detachment and periorbital and orbital cellulitis.
He also demonstrated the use of Ultrasound when assessing the eye. I volunteered as the patient and can happily report that I have a normal eye ball and that no lashes or brows were harmed when the tegaderm was removed-phew!
Next Chris discussed dental emergencies, how to treat infections, sub luxations and fractures of tooth sockets/avulsions. The GP’s found this very informative. One of the Dover GP’s had previously worked in Antarctica so thrilled us all with the story of how she took three days to perform a root canal on some poor fella. This worked in perfectly with Chris’s next slide which was ‘how to inflict pain just like a dentist’. They discussed all sorts of blocks including infra-orbital, Mandibular infiltration and inferior Alveolar Nerve blocks. By the end of it I had decided that no one is ever coming near my gums with a needle and I might take up brushing my teeth three times a day to ensure I never have to visit the dentist again.
We wrapped the morning up with a discussion around one of their recent patient referrals. Then it was time for the evaluation forms, the thank you’ s and the good byes before we hit the road back home… and it was just as we rolled into Kingston to return Chris to his car that I realised I had left my phone at Geeveston. It was a very long round trip back down but luckily Ratu hadn’t used up all my mobile data looking at YouTube videos of doggy treats.
The Geeveston sessions are always enjoyable – a combination of enthusiastic staff participation, a scenic drive and starting the day with an egg and bacon roll. What more could you want?!
If you would like to get involved with some EMET education and breakfast rolls please email me as we have not yet confirmed a Consultant for October 23rd or November 27th.
Until next time…
Sarah has been an RN for 14 years, 10 of those in the RHH ED. After several years on the floor it felt like the right time for some project work, and what better way to do it than by stalking her husband, Juan, professionally – once known as the ‘sepsis’ couple, the Ascencio-Lane’s have now taken over the EMET portfolio. When not in the office Sarah is either under pressure in the Hyperbaric Unit, or under even more pressure at home caring for their three young boys.