Newsletter

29 November, 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.

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.

It is with sadness that we advise that Dr Rodriguez de la Cruz will be leaving us at the end of December 2019.  Unfortunately he has found that the commuting time and distance from his home in Christchurch is a little too far.  However the Board of Waikari Health Care Limited would like to announce that they are in the process of appointing a new permanent GP who will begin work in Waikari at the beginning of March 2020.  We are all very excited about this appointment.

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

Safe Driving for Mature Drivers 9 December at Hawarden Fire Station 9.20am – 2.30pm (lunch included) – there is an opportunity for mature drivers over 60 to attend an educational day on driving rules and tips to be better drivers.  There is no test!  Please phone the receptionist at the Health Centre to register for this worthwhile course.

Get organized for Christmas! 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.

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.  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.

HPV – Human Papillomavirus vaccine – free for people 9-26 years of age – Gardasil 9 vaccine targets the types of HPV responsible for around 90 percent of cervical and other HPV-related cancers, and 90 percent genital warts. Clinical trials show it is highly effective in preventing these types of HPV in young people who have not previously been exposed to them.

Meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero) and Meningococcal A,C,Y and W (Menactra) can be ordered for young people going to University Halls of Residence or to Boarding School. These vaccines are recommended for 11-18 year olds.  Menactra will be  FUNDED from 1 December for people going into Boarding hostels, Halls of Residence in 2020. Please phone the nurse for further details.

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

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.

Hurunui Race and Gala Day Beneficiary (February 2020) is Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust– a welcome member of our rural health care support team.  Please contact Jemima Savage 022 670 2935 if you could spare some time to assist on the Totalisator at this worthwhile event.

Did you know you can book your appointment online?  Visit our website and follow the prompts.

Have you been putting off having a cervical smear ? One of our nurses is a trained smear taker and is taking appointments to perform these checks. Phone the receptionists to book one today!

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)    -next clinic is 5th December.  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 Tuesdays and Fridays from November.  A doctor’s referral is not required.  Ph 03 3374832  to make an appointment at Waikari.

Want help to be more active? 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.

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

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