April 2018



Baby News

We are pleased to announce the arrival of 2 gorgeous baby boys.

Both Drs James Peckett and Jess Ryan are the proud parents and both babies are doing well.

Jess is on Maternity Leave for a year.

We have doctors covering this and welcome Dr Coral Dixon who is covering some of her leave.



Yes it is that time of the year, we do advise all our patients to have the vaccination as it does have new strains in it this year. Influenza causes fever and chills, cough, body aches and pains, fatigue and headaches. Its long term effects can decrease work production and cause absence from work.

How long after vaccination does it take for antibodies to be produced?
It takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to give full protection.

Why is influenza immunisation needed every year?
Annual immunisation is required for two key reasons: First because protection wanes over time; Second because each year influenza can be caused by different influenza viruses that are not represented in the previous year’s vaccine. The vaccine is reformulated annually to contain the most up to date composition of viral antigens to ensure patients get the best vaccine match against likely circulating strains.



Mumps is an infectious illness caused by a virus. It is spread from an infected person by saliva or mucous droplets when coughing, sneezing, or talking. It can also be spread via face-to-face contact within a metre, or by touching an object contaminated by saliva and mucous, such as a used tissue or keyboard.

Usually, a few cases occur each year in New Zealand but during 2017 a mumps outbreak has affected over 800 people, mostly in Auckland. So far, most have been aged 10–29 years as this age group has lower than average vaccination rates.

  1. The symptoms of mumps are usually mild, such as swollen salivary glands (at the side of your face), headache and fever. It often gets better without needing medical help.
  2. Mumps can, however, cause serious complications such as deafness, swollen testicles or ovaries and meningitis.
  3. People with mumps need to stay home from work, school or daycare for 5 days after the swelling starts so you don’t spread the virus to others.
  4. Because mumps is very contagious, you need to practise strict hygiene such as washing your hands with soap and warm water, if you have mumps or are caring for someone with mumps.
  5. Vaccination with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to protect against mumps. In New Zealand, it is part of the immunisation schedule for infants at 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 years of age. However, parents can request that the first MMR vaccine be given anytime after 12 months of age and the second dose any time from 4 weeks after the first.


Lightbox Therapy


The Mount Medical Centre is running a small clinical project, endorsed and funded by the Western Bay of Plenty PHO, to provide phototherapy to patients suffering mild to moderate depression and/or insomnia. Light therapy has been shown to benefit people suffering seasonal affective disorder and insomnia related to shift work or altered circadian rhythm due to lifestyle.

Patients will be selected from the medical centre with a diagnosis of either mild to moderate depression or insomnia which is not responding or partially responding to treatment, or if a patient is reluctant to take antidepressant/hypnotic medication. They will have full information given to them regarding the therapy and will sign an informed consent form before the therapeutic trial.

They will have a baseline Beck Depression Inventory and Insomnia Severity Index questionnaire and be issued with a lightbox and relevant instructions. A checklist of contraindications and important information for the patient will be completed.

The lightbox will be 10000 lux UV filtered white light device, which is portable and runs off a normal household electrical plug.

For further information contact us and if suitable for you, make an appointment with Dr Tony Farrell who is piloting the trial. There could be some delays as we only have a small number available

Referral Letters

 Due to the added time taken outside of consultations to compose referral letters we are having to charge a small fee for doing these.



Please phone 5753073 and you will be put straight through to our after hours medical service, Homecare Medical  They will direct you to the appropriate place.  Our phones are now be diverted to Homecare Medical after hours service. This means when you phone us after hours (575 3073) your call will be answered by them. Their nurses will answer your call and offer free medical advice or refer you to the appropriate service.

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