Newsletter

5 June , 2020

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. Kerr Wright is on duty Tuesday – Friday each week.

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.

COVID-19 – We are open for business. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 call us, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.  COVID-19 consultations are free to the patient. It is very important that anyone with any acute respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose etc) should seek advice and be tested, so that no undetected virus is lurking in the community which could cause an outbreak.

 We are still providing normal patient care so phone us for regular prescriptions, check- ups and health issues.  Usual fees will apply for normal patient care.  It is important that people do not defer seeking advice on health concerns, please phone us – we can work out how it is best for us to help you – either by phone, video or face to face consultation.

Flu Vaccine – The supply is limited. Please phone if you would like to have one.

Childhood Immunisations – it is recommended that these are done on time, as normal.  If you are unsure when your child’s next immunization is due please call us.

Podiatry Clinic for people 65 years and over – 26 June 2020 – this is no longer fully funded, but will be subsidized, as we try to make the Manchester Unity Welfare Trust Board grant we received last year, last a little longer. Community Services Card Holders will be charged $15 and those without a card will be charged $30. 

Physio South is back!  Peter is here on Wednesdays and Fridays. Ph 03 3374832  to make an appointment.

Merivale Hand Clinic is back – Leigh is here every second Monday  – next clinic 8 June 2020.

Prescriptions – Please be aware that you will only receive one month supply at a time, even though the prescription is likely to be for the usual 3 months. This is a national protocol introduced by Pharmac since the borders have been closed.  You need to have at least one week supply on hand. Please check with the pharmacy regarding repeats they may be holding for you.

Phone Repeat Prescriptions (when these have had prior approval by the GP) require 2 days notice.

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.       

9 April , 2020

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. Kerr Wright is on duty Tuesday – Friday each week.

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.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, BE KIND.

 COVID-19 – We are open for business. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 call us, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.  COVID-19 consultations are free to the patient.  We are still providing normal patient care so phone us for regular prescriptions, check ups and health issues.  Usual fees will apply for normal patient care.  It is important that people do not defer seeking advice on health concerns, please phone us – we can work out how it is best for us to help you – either by phone, video or face to face consultation.

Flu Vaccine – The supply is limited. We are currently only able to vaccinate people who qualify for a free vaccine OR who are frontline  health workers or emergency services personnel .   People who are not eligible for a funded (free) vaccine are not able to be vaccinated until the end of April 2020, assuming we have sufficient supplies by then. If you are unsure which category you are in please call and speak to the nurse.

Childhood Immunisations – it is recommended that these are done on time, as normal.  If you are unsure when your child’s next immunization is due please call us.

Repeat Prescriptions – Prescriptions are being issued in lieu of a consultation. Please be aware that you will only receive one month supply at a time, even though the prescription is likely to be for the usual 3 months. This is a national protocol introduced by Pharmac over the Level 4 period.  You need to have at least one week supply on hand. Please check with the pharmacy regarding repeats they may be holding for you.

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.       

27 March , 2020

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. Kerr Wright is on duty Tuesday – Friday each week.

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.

 COVID-19 – Since Monday we have been triaging patients over the phone and conducting virtual consultations over the phone.  We are looking at video consultations in the coming weeks.  You may receive a text reminder over your mobile phone for both a virtual consultation or face to face.  You will be advised at the time of booking what type of consultation it will be.  The normal consult charge will be applied for both types of consultation. If it is deemed appropriate you may be seen for a face to face consultation at the practice. Only one patient at a time is being admitted and you will be required to wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at the door.

It is absolutely imperative that everyone complies with the level 4 isolation measures for the safety of the community and the country.

It is also vital that where possible you phone before coming to the health centre, in order for us to keep unwell people separated from others.

The requirements for health centres are changing constantly day by day and we ask that you are patient with us.  Routine minor surgery, some blood tests and other non urgent procedures are currently being deferred until after the lockdown period.

There is no better time to quit smoking! If you start today you could be free from cigarettes before the shutdown is over and already noticing the benefits. Look how quickly your health will improve:

20 minutes: Your pulse rate will return to normal.

8 hours: Your oxygen levels begin to return to normal, whilst nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood decrease by over 50%.

48 hours: You should start to notice an improved sense of taste and smell. As nicotine levels become depleted, the side effects of nicotine withdrawal such as anxiety and irritability might start to creep in (don’t worry! We have tips to help you with that).

72 hours: Your lungs begin to relax and breathing should be easier. Nicotine is completely eliminated from the body and as a result nicotine withdrawal symptoms will have reached their peak.

5 to 10 days: The average smoker will begin to notice a reduction in the number of nicotine cravings experienced in a day (you’re getting there!)

2 to 12 weeks: Your circulation starts to improve. You may notice that physical activity becomes a lot easier. You’ll be free of the addiction and any psychological effects of withdrawal should have ended.

3 to 9 months: Lung function begins to improve markedly. Coughing and wheezing becomes less frequent and the risk of respiratory infections begins to decrease.

1 year: Your risk of heart disease decreases by around 50%

You can get support from QUITLINE 0800 778 778 or go online to quit.org.nz. We can help you get nicotine replacement like patches or gum if you need it and we can refer you to the Smoking Cessation Counsellor at Waitaha Primary Health.

Flu Vaccine – unfortunately there are issues with obtaining supplies of the vaccine.  We have been advised today that we may not receive our next order until 6 April 2020.  We apologise for this but it is entirely beyond our control.  People who are not eligible for a funded (free) vaccine are not able to be vaccinated until after 13 April 2020, assuming we have sufficient supplies by then.

Childhood Immunisations – it is recommended that these are done on time, as normal.  If you are unsure when your child’s next immunization is due please call us.

Repeat Prescriptions – Prescriptions are being issued in lieu of a consultation. Please be aware that you will only receive one month supply at a time, even though the prescription is likely to be for the usual 3 months. This is a national protocol introduced by Pharmac over the Level 4 period.  You need to have at least one week supply on hand. Please check with the pharmacy regarding repeats they may be holding for you.

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

Perhaps you are now eligible for a CSC? https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/community-services-card.html Reduced Fees for Enrolled Community Services Card holders. Adults pay no more than $18.50

All Allied Health professionals, Physio, Hand clinic etc are not seeing patients at the Health Centre.  Physio South is offering virtual consultations and if you need to consult a physio you should call 03 327 9966

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.