Newsletter

 

2019 – February

Newsletter

 

 

Manage My Health

Download the App today on your Smartphone, or

Other internet devices.

Manage My Health (MMH) is an online secure messaging system that allows you to communicate with your medical centre. With your approval, MMH uploads your personal health information from your medical centre’s computer system. It then allows you to access your personal health information from any internet device at anytime, anywhere in the world.

This includes all results of tests done, the ability to make your appointments and order repeat prescriptions.

We have invested in this device to help to relieve the pressure of phone calls coming in to the practice. Phone calls to us have increased rapidly over the last few years, so we are actively trying to encourage our patients to take advantage of this.

We are providing this service free of charge.

Dr Jess Ryan

Welcome Back

Jess will be returning to us from her maternity leave on April 1st. She will be working three days per week, Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Traffic

We have all noticed a huge increase in traffic over the past few years. It has become particularly bad lately and we are finding many are late for appointments because of unforeseen delays. Please allow plenty of time to get here and if by chance you are help up, a phone call is appreciated.

 Vaping

The Ministry of Health believes vaping products have the potential to make a contribution to the Smokefree 2025 goal and could disrupt the significant inequities that are present.

The potential of vaping products to help improve public health depends on the extent to which they can act as a route out of smoking for New Zealand’s daily smokers, without providing a route into smoking for children and non-smokers.

The Ministry of Health encourages smokers who want to use vaping products to quit smoking to seek the support of local stop smoking services. Local stop smoking services provide smokers with the best chance of quitting successfully and should support smokers who want to quit with the help of vaping products.

Expert opinion is that vaping products are significantly less harmful than smoking tobacco but not completely harmless. A range of toxicants have been found in vapour including some cancer causing agents but, in general, at levels much lower than found in cigarette smoke or at levels that are unlikely to cause harm. Smokers switching to vaping products are highly likely to reduce their health risks and for those around them.

When used as intended, vaping products pose no risk of nicotine poisoning to users, but e-liquids should be in child resistant packaging. Vaping products release negligible levels of nicotine and other toxicants into ambient air with no identified health risks to bystanders.

Currently there are no mandatory product safety requirements specifically for vaping products in New Zealand, however generic product safety standards apply.

The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the uptake of vaping products, their health impact at individual and population levels, including long term effects and their effectiveness for smoking cessation as products, evidence and technologies develop. (www.health.govt.nz)

Smoking rates in New Zealand Aotearoa continue to reduce, with 16% of adults currently smoking 43 (this has dropped from 25% in 1996/97). Although 605,000 New Zealand adults still smoke, over 700,000 have given up smoking and more than 1.9 million New Zealanders have never smoked regularly. Dec 10, 2018.

Time to quit – New Years resolution.

Make an appointment to discuss with your doctor or nurse

Keeping your details up to date

 As many of you may have noticed we are trying to update your records. In order to keep these up to date could you let our reception staff know if you change any of your details.  Most of these do appear on the consultation slip you are given when you arrive to see your doctor.

Details we require are current address and phone numbers (including mobile), country of birth, next of kin details, occupation and if you have any allergies. Many of the above can change from time to time

The other thing we update regularly is your smoking status, so if you have recently quit please let us know.

 

To avoid delays please remember to let the receptionist know you have arrived.  Also please report to receptionist before going to the treatment room.

 

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After-hours

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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