Updates from the Practice Team

Cold season: managing without antibiotics

Jul 04 2018

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:

  • Three to five days for fever
  • One week for headache or sore throat
  • A week to ten days for nasal obstruction
  • Two weeks for nasal discharge
  • Two to four weeks for cough"

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 - June 2018

Jun 01 2018

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 - June 2018

Jun 01 2018

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).

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.


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