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OUR MAIN SERVICES ARE LISTED BELOW

  • General Surgery – Hernias – abdominal, umbilical, inguinal, femoral.
  • Minor colorectal – haemorrhoids, anal fissure, fistulae
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Pilonidal disease
  • Minor plastic procedures – skin lesions, lumps and bumps, duputrens, carpal tunnel
  • Gynaecology : Tubal ligations, incontinence, labioplasty
  • Cataract surgery / minor eye and eyelid surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery –limited number of procedures dependent on the availability of surgeons
  • Varicose veins: Please note that at the present time we are not offering Varicose Vein surgery. This may change in the future.

Waiting times depend on the availability of surgeons but will generally be under 3 months. Provided your patient meets the ARCH referral criteria we would be pleased to offer them FREE treatment at one of the “virtual” facilities.

For any further details please contact us on info@aucklandcharityhospital.org

IMPORTANT GP INFORMATION

Our services operate on the basis of goodwill and flexibility of volunteer medical staff. It is expected that referring GP’s and Medical centres work with the trust to provide the best outcomes for our patients. As our resources are limited and as we rely entirely on the goodwill of volunteer specialists please only refer patients who have a genuine need for charitable help. Sadly inappropriate referral to this service will be self- limiting. We reserve the right to decline treatment through ARCH if we deem the patient unsuitable.

PATIENT CRITERIA

Currently we accept patients from 15 years of age and above.

In order to avoid delays please ensure that referral documentation includes all of the following:

  1. A Referral form
  2. A patient declaration
  3. A GP referral explanatory letter with full details of the condition the patient is being referred for plus relevant medical history (eg. ECG, bloods & histology reports etc)
  4. A copy of a letter received from the relevant DHB declining surgery / an appointment dated within 6 months of referral to ARCH

All patients over the age of 60 likely to be given a general anaesthetic should also have had a recent ECG.

In addition and to assist in the assessment process of patients likely proceed to surgery the Pre operative questionnaire and Pre admission record can be downloaded to be completed by either patient or health professional, then forwarded

ARCH Charity Hospital PO Box 301 314, Albany, North Shore City, Auckland, 0752

ANAESTHETIC GUIDELINES:

Patient selection is important. Volunteer anaesthetists have agreed that we will offer surgical treatment to patients in ASA Classes 1&2 and, with careful selection, some cases in ASA Class 3.

ASA stands for American Society of Anaesthesiologists. New Zealand Anaesthetists have adopted the ASA system for classifying the pre-operative physical status of patients.

Below is the classification, with definitions (often abbreviated as ASA1, ASA2, etc):

  • Class 1 – Healthy patient, no medical problems
  • Class 2 – Mild systemic disease
  • Class 3 – Severe systemic disease, but not incapacitating
  • Class 4 – Severe systemic disease that is a constant threat to life
  • Class 5 – Moribund, not expected to live 24 hours irrespective of operation