Manukau Courier : January 21st 2010
6 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 21, 2011 NEWS We are specialist in automotive air-conditioning Winner of the 2010 Customer Service Award for Auto Air Conditioning for the Auckland Region COOLCAR AIR-CONDITIONING CENTRE COME IN FOR YOUR CHECK FREE 9B Ryan Place, Manukau www.coolcar.co.nz also at 333 Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki Ph 274-4609 FREE CHECKS PHONE 263 5777 VASA ALL WORK IS GUARANTEED Is your vehicle air-conditioning working properly? IF NOT -- YOU NEED US! Ph: 271 2081 283 East Tamaki Rd, East Tamaki TYRE SERVICE, MECHANICAL REPAIRS WOF $20 6 DAYS • Used Tyres from $25 • Full Service from $95 • Wheel Alignments - $39 + GST OPEE EN Advertising Feature Drive Weekend Book tackles kids' fear of surgery Rest easy: Nurse manager Kathryn Skadiang gives seven-year-old Felicity Eveeva l'Pangai from Papakura the inside word on the surgery with her new picture book. Photo: STEVE HAY By MELISSA KINEALY A children s picture book written by a nurse is taking the mystery out of surgery. Manukau Surgery Centre associ- ate clinical nurse manager Kathryn Skadiang knows only too well how stressed youngsters get about operations and surgical procedures and wanted to do something to help. I thought if I could make a book and tailor it to our local kids it would be just wonderful. So she got creating and wrote the picture book My Visit to Manukau Surgery Centre. Ms Skadiang works in the centre s post-anaesthetic care unit and felt there was a lack of infor- mation available for children. She wanted the book to make things clear for kids. During 2009 the centre performed 1683 procedures under general anaethestic on children under 14. The book is for caregivers and children to read together before they come to the centre and should help reduce the fear of the unknown, she says. For me it s all about the children -- to make the surgery experience a positive one for them. It s also part of the centre s family friendly and child-focused approach. The story follows a young girl who arrives at the centre to get grom- mets in her ears and explores her time there, including people she meets along the way and what she does. Grommet insertion is one oper- ation that we get quite a lot of and that s why I used this example, Ms Skadiang says. Sponsorship from Hector Trust helped make the book a reality -- it paid for the printing of 2000 copies. And so far the book s doing what it s designed to do. Ms Skadiang says the mother of an autistic child getting grommets read the book with her child and was very happy they both now had an understand- ing of the upcoming surgery. The book has already scooped Ms Skadiang a $500 Free Paper Award, given to her at the national peri- operative nurses conference. Now she s planning for a copy of the book to be sent to children before they come to the centre for surgery. Beat the heat with Coolcar! Stay cool with easy prices: Coolcar is a one-stop shop for all car air-conditioning needs. Summer s here and the mercury is rising faster than a Ferrari s rpm. So what do you do if your car s air-conditioning system goes on the fritz? Lose your cool? Well, don t. Just take your vehicle to Coolcar Air-Conditioning Centre and your vehicle will be ready to go heat busting again. The first Coolcar branch opened eight years ago in East Tamaki, and they have since grown to four branches including Auckland City, North Shore, Hamilton and now Manukau. Many people believe their air-conditioner has simply run out of gas and needs re-filling. This is rarely the case, says director Peter Roper, who has set up the Manukau centre on Ryan Place. There could be several things wrong with your car AC. It could be the system s evaporator, con- denser, compressor, or perhaps the controller panel that needs fixing. The fact is the air- conditioner is closely integrated with the other systems in an auto- mobile, which is why routine maintenance on it should be a priority. When you bring your vehicle into Coolcar, they will provide a complete inspection of the air- conditioner system. If it reveals additional problems, then you will be provided with an esti- mate and a full expla- nation of what work that needs to be done. Don t worry, they are known for their easy prices. At Coolcar all work is done by qualified profes- sionals who are members of MTA and VASA or Vehicle Air-Conditioning Specialists of Austral- asia, which keeps them updated with the latest industry trends. New parts, refriger- ant and workmanship are guaranteed for 12 months, says Peter, a registered technician himself. All fully-serviced second-hand compressors are guaranteed for 12 months and new installations for two years. Looking at the safety aspect, Peter says air- conditioners are just as important in winter and when it rains. Using the air conditioning will clear any internal fogging, and having the heater on at the same time stops you getting cold as well. And have you had your pollen filter checked lately? This could be all that stops you from keep- ing cool or causing ill- ness from viruses. They are open Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm. Coolcar Air-Conditioning Centre, 9A Ryan Place, Manukau City. Phone 263-5777. Website www.coolcar.co.nz. IN BRIEF New Civic Honda debuted a new Civic Concept at the Detroit Auto Show providing a glimpse of the all-new, ninth-generation unit, which goes on sale in the US in four months time. Honda says the exterior styling is very close to the actual production models that will follow and that the hybrid version will be the first production Honda hybrid to feature a lithium ion battery cell. Prius minivan Known as the Prius V this is the minivan or people-mover hybrid that's been long awaited for the world market. News from the Detroit Auto Show has it that the Prius V shares the same platform and hybrid drivetrain as the regular, five-door model, while featuring more than 50-percent more interior cargo space than the current Prius.
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