Newsletter

August 9, 2019

Please look on the website www.waikarihealth.co.nz  for the month’s roster of who is on duty.  Dr Racle is on duty on Mondays.Dr. Rodriguez de la Cruz works Tuesday – Friday.

Late Night – Thursday nights – there will be available appointments with the doctor for routine consultations up to 6.30pm. This is a three month trial.

After Hours – There is always a doctor or rural nurse specialist on call – please phone the Health Centre on the number below during normal business hours and after hours and you will be directed to the appropriate assistance. The After Hours calls are managed by HML (Homecare Medical Ltd) who will assess your needs and advise your best course of action.

St Johns Ambulance subscriptions – The annual fee is less than the part charge for one transfer. Subs are  $50 per individual, $65 for two or more people in the same household and $80 for 3+ people living in same household.  You can apply for this online.

Free for Under 14 years for ACC and Medical visits for enrolled patients.

Reduced Fees for Enrolled Community Services Card holders. Adults pay no more than $18.50

Volunteer Drivers – if you have previously offered to drive patients to appointments could you please confirm if you are still available and if you would be interested in driving the Hawarden Waikari Community Vehicle Trust car when it arrives.  Driving may be local or further afield. Please call the receptionist and confirm your willingness! New drivers eagerly sought!

Advance Care Planning – we are facilitating this for some of our patients. Advance care planning helps you, the important people in your life and your health care team plan for your end-of-life care. It is a planning guide that records what matters most for you in your future health care, when you may not be able to make decisions for yourself. If you would like to discuss this please contact the health centre  and ask for Monica.  More information is available at www.hqsc.govt.nz.

Are you Pregnant? Due to the low supply of flu vaccine we need to hold vaccine for pregnant women who may need it before the end of the year.  If you are pregnant please let us know so that we can allocate a flu vaccine to you.

Zostavax (Shingles vaccine) – Free for 65-80 year olds.

Flu vaccine is still available – and is free for people with certain chronic conditions and for people 65 years and over.

Smoking Cessation Advice is available at the Health Centre if you need help to quit smoking.

Podiatrist – Manchester Unity Welfare Trust Board have kindly approved another grant for us to provide podiatry to the Over 65s at a heavily subsidized rate. If you would like an appointment with Julia Home on 27th September and are 65 years old or over please ring the receptionist for an appointment.

Appetite for Life – would you be interested in attending a course once a week for six weeks, locally, that shows you how to prepare nutritional meal and snack ideas for the family and how to make healthy choices around food and lifestyle?  This is open to both men and women of any age.  Please ring and talk to the practice nurse if you are interested in this.

Repeat Prescriptions – eligibility for these must be discussed with the  GP prior to a request.  It is best practice to see the GP every three months for a prescription to be reissued. If permission has been granted then 48 hours notice is to be given.  Please ensure you keep track of your medication supplies to avoid running out. You need to have at least one week supply on hand.

Exercise Group – Mondays and Fridays at Hawarden Hall 10.00am. This is suitable for any ability. If you want to know what this involves come along and take a look.

Did you know you can book your appointment online?  Visit our website and follow the prompts. The provider of this service has changed with our new computer  system.  Please let us know if you have any difficulty registering with the new provider.

Planning an overseas trip? – Wondering about travel vaccinations? Ask us for the  travel checklist and make an appointment with the Nurse and the GP for a travel consultation.  Ideally this should happen 2-3 months before travelling.

Need to Talk  – text or phone 1737 – free call or text for support from a trained counsellor.

Brief Intervention Counsellor – Waitaha Primary Health (formerly Rural Canterbury PHO) – is available for free sessions on referral by the GP or Practice Nurse

Waikari Hand Clinic – At Waikari every Monday. For ACC and non-ACC therapy. Common conditions treated by hand therapists include sprains, strains and fractures, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome and post surgical rehabilitation.  Leigh has 23 years experience in hand physiotherapy.

Janice Bremer, Dietitian for Waitaha Primary Health (formerly Rural Canterbury PHO)    – 15 August  2019.  This is a free service for eligible patients.  Please phone the Practice Nurse if you would like to see the dietitian.

Physiotherapy:  Flo, of PhysioSouth, works in Waikari on  Wednesdays and Thursdays.  A doctor’s referral is not required.  Ph 03 3374832  to make an appointment at Waikari.

Want help to be more active and finding it difficult over the winter months? Flo our physiotherapist is the new Green Prescription facilitator.  She can help you find ways of adding more activity into your day.  Ask the Practice Nurse to refer you to this free service.

Hurunui District Council will be at the Health Centre on 5th September for Rates Rebate appointments – please call the Council to make a booking.

Waikari Health Centre Ph 03 3144 506. In an Emergency dial 111.Website www.waikarihealth.co.nz  Find and like us on Facebook

You can now book appointments with us online – click the Book Now button on our website.