Kids wanted for free health tests

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 11:00 20/11/2012
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Kris Dando
HEALTH CHECK: Braden Willoughby, 7, from Ascot Park, gets his height and weight measured by Chris Rice from Plunket.

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Getting health checks done for 4 year olds in eastern Porirua is a challenge for Chris Rice and the Plunket team.

Earlier this month they were at Waitangirua Health Clinic, conducting the free checks, assessing children's teeth and gums, height and weight, hearing, vision and development.

It is the last Plunket health check before they go to school.

"It's comprehensive, can take 45 minutes to an hour so it's very thorough and very important for children."

Eastern Porirua is designated a "high need" area, as not enough families get their young ones checked, Ms Rice said.

"It's finding the children, that's the problem. We have a transient population . . . we rely on kindergartens and early childhood centres to keep in touch with us. ."

Seven-year-old Braden Willoughby was given a thorough check by Ms Rice and her colleagues on November 8.

His dad Dennis said he would "100 per cent recommend" parents get the B4 School Check done to ensure their child is healthy.

The B4 School Check team is based at the Waitangirua Health Centre twice a month and every second Tuesday in Cannons Creek.

Phone 238 2796 to make an appointment.

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