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Patients of accused doctor need to get medical records

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QUESTION: Several people in my family are being affected by the pending criminal charges against Dr. Dennis Ayon (accused of murder for hire). Now that Dr. Ayon is in custody and his medical career in jeopardy, my family is in the process of changing to another doctor. Since Dr. Ayon’s office is closed, how we can get our medical records for transfer to the new doctor?

ANSWER: Ayon is said to have arranged with another doctor to take over his office and contact his patients.

Harrison Kiehm, Ayon’s criminal defense attorney, is not involved with that aspect of his client’s case, but said it is his understanding there is a doctor who is trying to work with Ayon "to do a transition."

Kiehm said he would try to talk to that doctor to see whether patients can be contacted by next week. If you don’t hear anything shortly, Kiehm suggested calling Ayon’s office.

QUESTION: I have worked in the same office building in Waikiki for the past 20 years. Throughout that time, there have been so many false fire alarms on a regular basis (anywhere from several times a day to daily to a few times a month) that no one reacts when the alarm sounds. We even had to be notified by phone to exit the building when there was an actual fire one time! There used to be a restaurant in the building that was rumored to be the source of the false fire alarms, but it closed this year and we still have false fire alarms. Currently, there is a false alarm a few times a month. Can something be done about this? I’m concerned for our collective safety in case one day there is another actual fire.

ANSWER: An investigator from the Honolulu Fire Department will contact the building’s management to investigate the reason for the frequent alarms, said Capt. Terry Seelig, HFD spokesman.

To help with the investigation, you are asked to call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 723-7161 to provide information.

City ordinances do provide penalties for false burglar alarms but not for false fire alarms, Seelig said.

However, the city’s Fire Code and related standards require building owners to maintain fire alarm systems and have them regularly inspected.

"Fire alarm activations should always be treated seriously," Seelig said. "Building occupants should always evacuate according to the building’s fire escape plan and return only when directed by building management or the fire department."

Meanwhile, the building’s management should investigate and report system activations to the HFD’s Fire Communication Center, even if it is a false alarm, he said.

In general, Seelig said the public should call the Fire Prevention Bureau to report any fire safety concern and/or violations to ensure they’re addressed in a timely manner.

MAHALO

To the young lady in the Mustang on Saturday morning, who had no jumper cables to assist with our dead car battery, but offered me money to go to Walmart to buy a set. Yes, there is still a lot of island aloha here! — Tonya Reynolds, Waianae

MAHALO

To the honest person who turned in my daughter’s wallet, intact, at the Kahala Taco Bell/Pizza Hut on Monday. It would have been easy to take something out and return an empty wallet. This act of aloha and honesty truly shows that the aloha spirit is alive and well. I wish we could have gotten your name to personally thank you. May the Lord bless you for your honesty as we have been blessed by your act of kindness. — Watson Tanji

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