If you're aged 50 - 64 years you might want to consider having a (NON-FUNDED) shingles vaccination (either with your influenza vaccine or at another time). Shingles vaccine is not funded unless you are 65+ from 1 April 2018. Ask us about the cost, and your GP or practice nurse can discuss whether shingles vaccination is a good choice for you.
A reminder: If you're aged 65 on or after 1 April 2018 you are eligible for a FUNDED shingles vaccine. There will be a catch up programme for people aged 66 - 80 for the first two years.
Thank you very much to those of you who are participating in the on-line survey. We really appreciate your comments and the time you've taken to complete the survey. Many of you have commented on other parts of the health care system (the hospital, specialist, laboratory and x-ray, for example). It's good to see those comments because our aim is to continuously improve the coordination between all areas of the health service.
Several people commented that they're finding the electronic portal Manage My Health (MMH) useful. But you've said that medications are not always on the list for you to choose when making an on-line prescription request, so we'll work harder to ensure all the long-term medications are visible. In the meantime, if you think something is missing please send us a MMH message or ring us and we'll sort it out.
Some of you say you've experienced difficulty getting an appointment with us on a Friday afternoon, so we'll look at ways to make this better.
Daffodil Day symbolises all New Zealanders coming together in the fight against cancer.
We were recently sent an interesting article from the Best Practice Advocacy Centre online journal about winter illnesses and the use of antibiotics. Here are some extracts from the article:
"Over the winter months, thousands of people across New Zealand will present to primary care with sore ears and throats, nasal and sinus congestion, coughs and colds. Many of these symptoms are caused by viral infections and antibiotic treatment is not appropriate. In some cases there may be bacterial infection present but the infection will be self-limiting and the adverse effects of antibiotics may outweigh potential benefits . . . Treatment options such as paracetamol, decongestants, adequate fluid intake and rest will provide the best symptomatic relief for most people with common winter illnesses . . . In many cases, the most important treatment for winter illnesses is effective communication; the patient should leave the consultation understanding what illness they are likely to have, how long their symptoms should last, what they should do to manage their symptoms and when to seek further assessment . . . A discussion about expected duration of symptoms can help reassure the patient that the course of their illness is normal. The natural course of symptoms associated with common winter illnesses is usually up to:
The article includes a link to an interesting infographic from the Cleveland Clinic about 'snot': https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-the-color-of-your-snot-really-means/
From: “Cold season: managing without antibiotics”, bpacnz, June, 2018. Available from: https://bpac.org.nz/2018/cold-season.aspx
Extracts reproduced with permission.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer New Zealand running throughout the month of June (1-30 June), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 23 New Zealanders every week.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.
For more information go to http://beatbowelcancer.org.nz/event/bowel-cancer-awareness-month/
Men's Health Month (1 - 30 June 2018) is a great time to have a think about our health and how important it is, to start talking about it with our mates, families and doctors, and to do something for ourselves to be just a little bit healthier. Men's health week is about encouraging men to be proactive about their health. Taking preventive action can reduce the danger of major health risks like testicular cancer, heart disease, strokes and depression. For more information go to http://menshealthnz.org.nz
Our doctors recommend regular Well Man checks. These include prostate and testicular checks, a skin check and a general discussion about your health status. We usually arrange in advance for you to have some routine laboratory tests if they're due, and you can then discuss these with your doctor at your Well Man check appointment.
Please ring our receptionists to book your appointment. (A normal consultation fee applies).
The best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking.
The theme for World Smokefree Day 31 May 2018 is 'it's about whānau' with a focus on celebrating New Zealand's smokefree achievements.
The majority of New Zealanders are smokefree and want smokefree environments. Having smokefree whānau, homes, workplaces and public spaces is worth celebrating!
Whanau is a driving force for many people wishing to protect others from the harms of second-hand smoke. This is a common cause for all peoples, communities, cultures and whanau. World Smoke Free day is an opportunity to encourage and help those who want to quit smoking and support friends and whanau on their quit journey.
Many of our patients who have successfully quit have said that for them it's about their children and families/whanau:
We continue to promote the goal of a smokefree Aotearoa New Zealand 2025, by offering our patients smoking cessation help.
You can see any of our trained Quit Card nurses, who are providers of low-cost nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and on-going support for your smoke-free future. You can begin using NRT while you're at your appointment, to get you off to the best start with quitting. NRT is very effective for most people if used correctly. We'll show you how.
Call our receptionists to make a free Quit appointment with your nurse, or to see your GP.
You can also:
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Sunday & Public Holidays Closed