Newsletter

8 August 2021

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. Late night is Thursday.

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.

When ringing for an appointment you must advise us if you have any respiratory symptoms – cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath, temporary loss of smell. 

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 call us, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.  COVID-19 consultations are free to the patient and testing can be done here.  It is essential that people who are unwell isolate themselves while awaiting test results.

Want to be more active?  Don’t know how to start?  We have a new person delivering Green Prescription who is keen to work with individuals or start up a walking group or other group activities.  Exercise is great for body and soul!  Call us and we can refer you to Misha.

Over 65s – Exercise Class and Subsidised podiatry – These two initiatives have been funded by Rata Foundation and Manchester Unity Welfare Trust Board grants, respectively.  We have recently been successful with obtaining another grant for the subsidized podiatry from Manchester Unity Welfare Trust Board.  If you are interested in finding out about the exercise class please contact Sarah Sidey or pop along to the Hawarden Hall on Monday or Friday at 10.00am.  A big thank you to Hawarden Waikari Lions for assisting with some interim funding for the Exercise Class, this is much appreciated.

Physiotherapy Services Karen Setz Physiotherapy, services Waikari on Wednesdays each week.  Please call the Health Centre if you would like to book an appointment with Karen.

Flu vaccine – this year there are different vaccines for different age groups.  Currently we have a supply of vaccine for people 65 years and over and for those aged 5-64 years.  If you are in these age groups and would like to have a flu vaccine please ring for an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine – we are holding vaccination clinics at Waikari Health Centre.  We are not on the 0800 National Booking System.  Please call us directly with any enquiries about making an appointment. 03 3144 506.

In Waitaha/Canterbury we’re currently vaccinating people in Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and a small number of people in Group 4.  Current priorities are below.  If you are within one of the priority groups and would like a vaccination please phone us on 03 3144 506.

Group 3 :         Māori and Pasifika people aged 55 and over

  • General population aged 70 and over
  • People with comorbidities aged 16-69
  • General population aged 65-69

Group 4:           Māori and Pasifika patients aged 40-55

  • General population aged 60-64
  • Māori and Pasifika aged 16-39

In the meantime, you can find out more about the vaccination programme, the vaccine, and about which group you’re in here: vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz

The community is reminded that the Hawarden Waikari Community Vehicle Trust car is available for transport to both, medical appointments and other activities.  Please call the receptionist if you would like to enquire about transport.

Prescriptions – Most ongoing prescriptions are being dispensed for 3 months at a time. 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.       

11 June 2021

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. Late night is Thursday.

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.

When ringing for an appointment you must advise us if you have any respiratory symptoms – cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath, temporary loss of smell. 

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 call us, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.  COVID-19 consultations are free to the patient and testing can be done here.  It is essential that people who are unwell isolate themselves while awaiting test results.

Want to be more active?  Don’t know how to start?  We have a new person delivering Green Prescription who is keen to work with individuals or start up a walking group or other group activities.  Exercise is great for body and soul!  Call us and we can refer you to Misha.

Over 65s Exercise Class and Subsidised podiatry – These two initiatives have been funded by Rata Foundation and Manchester Unity Welfare Trust Board grants, respectively.  This funding is now exhausted.  However, the board of Waikari Health Care Limited have committed to supporting these valuable initiatives, to ensure continuity of service for our mature citizens, until alternative funding can be sourced.  If you are interested in finding out about the exercise class please contact Sarah Sidey or pop along to the Hawarden Hall on Monday or Friday at 10.00am.  A big thank you to Hawarden Waikari Lions for assisting with some interim funding for the Exercise Class, this is much appreciated.

Physiotherapy Services Karen Setz Physiotherapy, services Waikari on Wednesdays and Fridays each week.  Please call the Health Centre if you would like to book an appointment with Karen.

Flu vaccine – this year there are different vaccines for different age groups.  Currently we have a supply of vaccine for people 65 years and overand for those aged 5-64 years.  If you are in these age groups and would like to have a flu vaccine please ring for an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine – We’ve had lots of questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and when you’ll be able to access it, so here’s an update.

In Waitaha/Canterbury we’re currently vaccinating people in Group 1, Group 2 and a small number of people in Group 3.

  • Group 1 includes border and MIQ workers and their household contacts.
  • Group 2 includes frontline health workers, people working and living in long-term residential care, Māori and Pacific people aged 70 and over, the people they live with and their carers.
  • Group 3 includes people aged 65 and over, people with some underlying health conditions, pregnant people, and people with disabilities, older Māori and Pacific people, the people they live with and their carers.

There are more than 170,000 people in Group 3 in Canterbury. Because of this, we’re inviting people to book their vaccination appointments in stages.

We’re pleased to say we’re opening a vaccination clinic at Waikari Heath Centre.

When it is your turn to book an appointment, we’ll contact you directly with instructions about how to book. This will be by text, email, letter or phone call.

If you’re in Group 3 and you haven’t been contacted to book your vaccination, you don’t need to do anything right now. We’ll contact you when it’s your turn.  Please be patient.

In the meantime, you can find out more about the vaccination programme, the vaccine, and about which group you’re in here: vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz

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The community is reminded that the Hawarden Waikari Community Vehicle Trust car is available for transport to both, medical appointments and other activities.  Please call the receptionist if you would like to enquire about transport.

Prescriptions – Most ongoing prescriptions are being dispensed for 3 months at a time. 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.       

18 December, 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. Late night is Thursday.

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.

When ringing for an appointment you must advise us if you have any respiratory symptoms – cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath, temporary loss of smell. 

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 call us, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.  COVID-19 consultations are free to the patient and testing can be done here.

Waikari Health Centre is open over the holiday period with the exception of the statutory holidays and weekends (Open 29,30,31 December and 5,6,7,8 January) . Normal hours 8.30am – 5.30pm, and no late night until January 7th 2021.

The Ministry of Health is running a campaign to catch up people aged 15-30 years old who have not had 2 documented doses of MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccine.  If you are unsure of your immunization status please call the Practice Nurse and discuss if you need to have one or two vaccines.

Physiotherapy Services – we have a new provider starting in the New Year.  Karen Setz, a very experienced, local physiotherapist, will begin providing services here at Waikari on 20th January 2021.  Please call the Health Centre if you would like to book an appointment with Karen.

Summer weather brings its own challenges – dehydration can sneak up on you – remember to drink more water on hot days and to cover up from the sun, with clothing, a hat and sunscreen.  Being sick over the holidays is no fun so practice good hand and food hygiene.  Hand washing and appropriate food storage (cool temperatures for perishable items) is very important over the warmer months to prevent food borne illnesses.

We have recently purchased a Point of Care Ultrasound machine, which will assist the clinicians with diagnosing some injuries and other medical conditions.  We are very grateful to the Board of Waikari Health Care Ltd for agreeing to purchase this useful piece of equipment.

The community is reminded that the Community Vehicle Trust car is available in the New Year for transport to both, medical appointments and other activities.  Over the Christmas period there will be limited availability due to drivers spending time with family.  Please call the receptionist if you would like to enquire about transport.

Prescriptions – Most ongoing prescriptions are being dispensed for 3 months at a time, but there are some shortages.  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.

We wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

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.       

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.