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.
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
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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