Updates from the Practice Team

Becoming Smoke Free

May 21 2018

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:

  • they don't want to be role models for smoking around their children, because they don't want their children to become smokers 
  • they don't want to expose their children to second hand smoke
  • they want to live long and healthy lives so they will be able to participate as parents and grandparents

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:

  • Ring Quitline 0800 778 778 for support, advice and information  - or go to www.quit.org.nz
  • Ring Aukati KaiPaipa 0800 926 257 for a free face to face service -  or go to www.aukatikaipaipa.co.nz
  • Ring Pacific Smoking Cessation 04 237 8422 for a free face to face service
  • Ring Quit Smoking team 04 238 4966 for a free face to face service

Cornerstone Accreditation

May 18 2018

Cornerstone accreditation tells you that our practice has achieved the quality standards set by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.  We are re-assessed periodically to ensure that we are maintaining our committment to continuous quality improvement.

There were three assessors at the practice on Thursday 17 May 2018, observing and interviewing us.  We had an enjoyable and positive day, and have a few items to complete over the next few weeks.  Once that's done, we expect to be re-accredited, and will then begin the next cycle, using the latest standards. 

Overseas Travel

Feb 28 2018

If you're planning overseas travel, please contact us to make a dedicated travel appointment with your doctor as early as possible before you're due to depart.  Book at least a month before departure if possible.  Please tell our receptionists when making your booking that it's about overseas travel.  We can then arrange to send you a pre-travel questionnaire to complete and return ahead of your appointment.  Questions include your detailed itinerary and previous vaccination history.  Having this information in advance means your doctor can give you the best travel advice during your consultation. We may also schedule a nurse appointment following your doctor's appointment, for vaccinations and any further travel information as required. 

Costs include a normal GP fee plus the cost of each vaccine plus nurse fees for administering vaccines.

Please note that if you're travelling to South America or Central Africa you may need Yellow fever vaccinations, and as we don't provide these here, you should contact a Yellow fever centre (e.g. Travel Doctor, Ground Floor, Guardian Trust House, Willeston Street, Wellington, Ph: 04 473 0991).

Repeat Prescriptions

Jan 16 2018

Please make requests for repeat prescriptions before you’re due to run out of medication.
• You may request a repeat prescription without an appointment, but your GP may determine that it's inappropriate to prescribe without seeing you.

You can request a repeat prescription by phone or in person at the front desk.  If you are registered for Manage My Health you can request a repeat prescription on-line.
- Please be ready with the name and spelling of the medication/s you're requesting, and make sure we have your correct address and contact details.
- Please tell us whether you want to pick up your prescription, or have us either post it to you, or fax it to a pharmacy.
- Charges apply for all repeat prescriptions. See the Fees section for a list of charges.
- There is an extra fee for posting and faxing.
- For urgent requests (prescriptions needed on the same or next day), there is an additional charge. Otherwise, prescriptions should be ready two days later, after 2.00 pm.
- If a doctor decides that providing a repeat prescription is not appropriate without seeing you face to face, we'll ring you and arrange a convenient appointment for you with your GP.
- We'll ring you only if there is a problem with providing a prescription.

Our home page photograph

Dec 01 2017

Our home page photo has been changed. We can no longer use our previous image, which was a detail of the beautiful panels which once decorated the front facade of 44 The Terrace,  from 1987 until their removal in July 2016.

When they were installed under the Wellington City Council (WCC) art bonus scheme, the 402 panels of coloured and leaded glass comprised the largest single public space glass art work in the southern hemisphere, measuring 55 metres by 5 metres.

Called Northern Lights, the panels were designed by Philip Trusttum (b. 1940), and made by Suzanne Johnson and Ben Hanly of The Glassworks in Auckland.  "Said to be inspired by an Indian necklace, the work bears Trusttum's trademark bright palette and forms that hover between abstract and naturalistic".  Sutton, Frances Art and About: A Pocket Guide to Wellington's Public Art, Steele Roberts Ltd, 2008  pp 80-81

We're hopeful that the WCC will be able to find a new location for the panels, which have been carefully stored in the meantime.


Advance Care Planning: Considering your own Future Health Care

Sep 15 2017

Advance care planning (ACP) is a way to help you think about, talk about and share your thoughts and wishes about your future health care. It gives everyone a chance to say what's important to them.  It helps people understand what the future might hold and to say what treatment they would and would not want.  It helps people, their families and their healthcare teams plan for future and end of life care.  This makes it easier for families and healthcare providers to know what the person would want - particularly if they can no longer speak for themselves.

Advance care planning is for people of all ages, including:

  •  those who are recently married/in a new relationship or with young children;
  •  those who have had a recent health scare or medical episode;
  •  those in middle age planning to continue doing all the things they want to do;
  •  those in older age wanting to ensure their health care professionals and whanau/families know their treatment preferences
  • those nearing the end of their life wanting to outline what's important to them, and what they do and don't want if they can't speak for themselves

You can set out what you want or hope for in an advance care plan.  You should keep your advance care plan up to date, especially if things change.  The value of advance care planning is in the conversations and shared understanding.

Please feel free to talk to your doctor or any of our nurses about advance care planning.    For further information and resources, please click this link:  http://www.advancecareplanning.org.nz 

Soar with SPARX

Mar 28 2017

When teens struggle with their feelings or bad moods, their academic performance, school attendance, behaviour and relationships with others can suffer.  SPARX can help.  They can go online, play the game for free and learn skills that they can use in everyday life so that they start to feel better.

SPARX is therapy in the format of a game designed to help teens with mild to moderate depression and is also  effective with anxiety and with feelings of anger.  The target age group is 12 -19 but other youth can use it too.

Play it at www.sparx.org.nz

Changes to the funded vaccine schedule

Feb 15 2017

1.  From 1 January 2017 funded access to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been widened to include both males and females aged from 9 years to under 27 years of age.

  • The HPV immunisation course is funded from 9 years of age in primary healthcare
  • NZ residents who have received at least one dose before 27 years of age can complete the course - there's no upper age limit to complete the full course.  We're working to identify, and offer the first dose to, our patients who are due to turn 27.  We welcome your enquiry if you haven't previously been vaccinated against HPV, you're nearly 27, and you wish to start a course of HPV while you're still eligible
  • A two-dose course will be funded for children aged 14 years and under
  • A three-dose schedule will be funded for people aged 15-26 years inclusive
  • The 4-strain vaccine will gradually be replaced by a 9-strain vaccine
  • The School-based Immunisation Programme delivers the vaccine to school students in year 8
  • Non-residents must be aged under 18 to start the funded vaccine course.

2.  From 1 July 2017 a single dose of chicken pox (Varicella) vaccine will be funded for children at 15 months old.

For more information you can visit the Immunisation Advisory Council website on www.immune.org.nz

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