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Welcome to the  Titirangi Medical Centre website, your source for information regarding the latest medical advice and practice update 

Coronavirus symptoms? Phone Healthline 08003585453 or phone us first 09-8178069, please stay in your car, do not come into the clinic.

23/6/2020

ALL FOUR DOCTORS BOOKS ARE CLOSED.

14/5/2020

We have a supply of flu vaccine arrive this morning.

Please phone to book an appointment 8178069.

 

Titirangi Medical Centre: We are open and ready to care safely for you

 

As we welcome alert level 2, we know that most people are pleased to move back into more relaxed alert levels, but it is still important to look after your health during this time.

 

We want to say a huge thank you for your continued kindness, understanding and patience during this challenging time. Thank you for listening to instructions. Together, we are stopping the spread of COVID-19.

 

If you need care during alert level 2, please call us

If you, or someone you know, needs to see a doctor or nurse during alert level 2, please call us on 8178069 to book an appointment. Please do not put off any medical treatment.

 

We are here to provide the help, advice and care that you need – even if you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This includes any urgent issues, treatment of common illnesses, management of long-term conditions, prescriptions for medications, immunisations, mental health support, and more. Anything that you normally need from us.

 

Your care and safety is our top priority

As you may know, we have changed the way we operate, and this will continue under alert level 2.  At this time our priority is to care for you in the safest way possible, your safety is our priority. Most consultations will therefore happen over the phone or by videoconference (FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc) to help us minimise face-to-face contact. If you need to come in to the practice, we will guide you through this process individually.

 

Please be reassured, if you require treatment face-to-face, we have the appropriate safety measures in place. Our practice is a safe environment, and all of our clinicians have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) to use as appropriate.

 

We encourage you to call 8178069 if you require any assistance. We are here to help.

He waka eke noa.

We are all in this together.

Regards fromall of the TMC team

8/5/2020

We currently have NO flu vaccines will update when stocks arrive.

5/5/2020

Our flu vaccine stocks are very depleted.

We are hoping for a delivery before the end of the week so for the time being we will not be making any more appointments for flu vaccines.

Watch here for the latest update.

 

1/5/2020

We are running a catch up clinic for overdue smears.

You need to be well.  No coughs fevers runny nose etc.

Please phone the surgery to make an appointment. 8178069

 

30/4/2020

Titirangi Medical Centre Ltd – here to provide health care for you

 

What does alert level 3 mean for your health care?

If you, or someone you know, needs to see the doctor during alert level 3, please call us on 8178069 to book an appointment.

 

We are here provide the help, advice and care that you need – even if you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This includes any urgent issues, treatment of common illnesses, management of long-term conditions, and prescriptions for medications.

 

While in alert level 3, most consultations will continue to take place over the phone or by video (e.g. FaceTime, Skype, Zoom), helping us to minimise face-to-face contact and reduce the risk of spreading the disease. A doctor will then decide whether a face-to-face consultation is necessary, and will instruct you individually should you need to come into the practice.

 

Alert level 3 also allows us to gradually resume national breast and cervical screening programmes, however bowel screening will not resume at this time.

 

What about my mental health?

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with their mental health, please reach out. It is important to talk with a health professional if you feel you are not coping.

 

You can also call or text 1737 — free, anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — to talk with a trained counsellor. Mentemia is a mental wellbeing app, which you can download free, or get started at https://www.mentemia.com/.

 

A big thank you

Thank you for your kindness, understanding and patience during these strange and challenging times. Thank you for listening to instructions and staying home. Together, we are stopping the spread of COVID-19.

 

He waka eke noa.

We are all in this together.

 

Titirangi Medical Centre Ltd

20/4/2020

Flu Vaccines 

As of the 28th of April we will be able to give Flu vaccines to all.

You will need to ring the surgery and book an appointment.

We can’t book to far in advance due to managing our stock.

14/4/2020

We are Currently looking for a Practice Nurse to Join our Team:  Advertised on Seek.

Medium sized practice with 4 part time Nurses looking to add an experienced colleague to our team.
Ability to fit in with our dedicated team and enjoy a few laughs along the way.
Four 8 hour days a week Tuesday to Friday.
Must have current Practice Certificate and Vaccinator Certificate.
Start date would be dependent on Covid 19 level reducing from Level 4.
We can do video interviews for initial meet and greet.

8/4/20

Next week, after easter, we will begin texting anyone eligible for a free flu vaccine. Is is an essential service so please just ring for an appointment once you hve received the text. Again we will continue to give them in the carpark and you can wait in your car for the 20mins afterwards  so bring a device or a book to help fill in the time in.

6/4/20

Free Flu vaccines are again in stock for eligible people only:

Over 65 years of age

Immunosuppressed

Pregnant

Under 65 with any medical conditions (please enquire as criteria is strict)

The 2020 Campaign will commence on 16 March 2020, rather than 1 April 2020 for eligible groups as above only.

We will only be taking bookings with the nurse and for only 48 hours in advance

1/4/2020

We currently have NO stock of flu vaccine left. The date for next delivery is around the 8th of April.

We will be taking no more bookings for flu vaccines.

Health365 has reopened so you can book online for phone or video consults. The site has been updated so the appointment process is slightly different to look at but still easy to use.

WE ARE OPEN AND WORKING AS USUAL . IF YOU NEED US WE ARE THERE.

Our books for all 4 GP’s are now OPEN.

Enrolment forms are on this website to be downloaded and emailed to us. Please ensure you download and complete all the froms ie transfer of notes, registration form,enrol forms and also supply us with your birth certificate or NZ passport.

We will also see visitors if our appoinment spaces are free. You can contact the surgery 8178069 to enquire and we can email you the visitor forms to complete. The cost for visitors is $85.00.

29/3/2020

Revised Phone line hours are 8am till 5pm.

26/2/2020

Please be advised of a Fee increase as of 1st March 2020

old fee               new fee as of 1st march
0-5        $0.00                $0.00
6-13      $0.00                $0.00
14-17    $42.00              $47.00
18-24   $54.00              $59.00
25-44   $54.00              $59.00
45-64   $54.00              $59.00
65+      $45.00              $50.00

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19/2/2020

We have seen an increase in patients who are not attending the appointments they have made.

We have activated a txt reminder that will be sent the day before your appointment.

It is very frustrating for all doctors and other patients, as we can’t reschedule patients in these time slots without sufficient notice been given.

In conjunction with this initiative we will begin to charge for missed appointments if we have not been notified at least 2 hours before.

 

13/2/2020

For New Zealanders currently in mainland China

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade urge all New Zealanders living in, visiting or travelling to China to register on SafeTravel. Registering means you will receive updated information and advice as soon as it comes to hand.

Travellers recently returned from mainland China

As of 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving in New Zealand out of mainland China, or any travellers who have had exposure to a confirmed case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China or were exposed to novel coronavirus.

Existing travellers already in New Zealand who arrived or transited from mainland China after 19 January should refer to previous advice. Self-isolation for people who arrived before 2 February only applies if they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province.

This means you should avoid situations that could facilitate the transmission of the virus such as social gatherings and events where you come into contact with others; in particular child care/pre-school centres, primary and secondary schools (including staff and students), aged care, health care facilities, prisons, public gatherings.

7 February 2020

Information for people who have been in close contact with novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
You have been near to a person who has, or may have novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
What you need to know
You or a family member may have been in close contact with someone being investigated for the novel coronavirus.
This virus can cause an acute respiratory infection, but in most cases it causes mild to moderate symptoms. However, some people do develop pneumonia and severe respiratory infection.
As you have been in close contact with a person who may have the virus, there is a possibility you may become unwell.
Please stay away from others from now until 14 days from the last day you had contact with the infected person – this is called self-isolation.
To prevent spread of the virus to other people – please do not have face to face contact with people for longer than 15 minutes. Do not go to work, school, preschool, group or social activities, sports, or public places like movie theatres, shopping malls and cafes. Do not visit others, and do not use public transport, taxis or ride sharing apps like Uber.
Getting food and medicine. Where possible, ask a friend, family member or use supermarket or other delivery services to drop off shopping.
If the person is confirmed with the disease, Auckland Regional Public Health Service will determine their close contacts and will be in touch with these people. If the ill person does not have novel coronavirus, you will be free to go about your life as normal.
Please call dedicated coronavirus line on 0800 358 5453 if you have any of the following symptoms:
 a fever, chills or sweats,
 a cough,
 shortness of breath,
 sore throat.
Please seek urgent medical attention if you have difficulty breathing. Tell them you are a close contact of someone with novel coronavirus.
Fact Sheet for people exposed to the novel coronavirus

If you would like further information, please phone dedicated coronavirus line on 0800 358 5453 or visit the Novel Coronavirus page on the Ministry of Health website.

As at 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving out of mainland China (not just Hubei Province) should self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China. More information is available on the Ministry of Health website.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has increased the travel advisory to level 4: do not travel to any part of mainland China.

28/01/2020

Coronavirus:

Communications: A web page has been established on the Ministry’s website at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-china-2019-ncov please direct the public a information.  It continues to be updated as we receive new information.

  • Members of the public can be directed to Healthline (0800 611 116) for general advice. Interpreters are available 24/7.

 

13/01/2019

ALL FOUR DOCTORS BOOKS ARE CLOSED

13/12/19

Zostavax catch-up programme extended to 31 December 2020 

The latest Pharmaceutical Schedule (page 8) advises that the Zostavax catch-up programme, for people aged 66-80 years on 1 April 2018, is extended to 31 December 2020.

 

UPDATED priorities for use of MMR vaccine stock are now:

      • Priority groups
      • We would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate the current priority groups for vaccination are:
      • • ensure all children receive their vaccinations on time at 15 months (12 months in Auckland) and four years to maintain the national Childhood Immunisation Schedule
      • • susceptible close contacts within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible
      • • babies aged six months to 11 months who live in Auckland or who are travelling to Auckland or overseas to a country that has an active outbreak of measles
      • • children and adolescents aged 15 and under who have not had a single dose of MMR
      • • in accordance with the National Immunisation Schedule, all children under five who have not received either dose of MMR should be actively recalled. We consider active recall of this group to be in line with the priority groups
      • • un-immunised eligible people under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji.

 

National Advisory from the Ministry of Health

Public health measures being implemented by some Pacific Island Countries

American Samoa, Republic of Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Solomon Islands are requiring travellers to show evidence of measles vaccination at least 2 weeks before entry to these countries. Other Pacific countries such as Samoa and Fiji have not formally implemented travel measures, however it is recommended travellers to these counties are vaccinated against measles.

Primary care providers should ensure any travellers to Pacific Island countries requiring proof of vaccination, or any other countries where there are current measles outbreaks are vaccinated at least 14 days prior to their arrival and proof of vaccination issued. Proof of vaccination may include medical records, laboratory tests, immunisation record summary, or letters from GPs or vaccinators.

In addition to advice previously issued regarding eligibility for vaccination, unvaccinated New Zealanders over the age of 50 can be given MMR if vaccination is required for proof of entry, or is necessary for protection in countries currently experiencing measles outbreaks. It is expected the vaccinator will use clinical discretion and judgement when making decisions about prioritising and eligibility for vaccination.

 

 

 

 

APRIL: 2019


Immunisation for older adults

Older people also need immunisation. This section describes the free immunisations available for people at age 65 and older. These immunisations protect against shingles, influenza, tetanus and diphtheria.

At age 65, immunisation against influenzashinglestetanus and diphtheria is recommended by the Ministry of Health. These vaccines are free (practices may charge a small fee to administer tetanus and diphtheria vaccine). Talk to your doctor or practice nurse to find out how to protect yourself.

As you get older, the protection you received from some of your earlier immunisations begins to wear off. Your immune system may no longer work as well and you are at increased risk from some infectious diseases. Free immunisation is offered at age 65 onwards to protect you against some serious diseases.

Shingles

Shingles vaccine is free at age 65. Until 31 March 2020, anyone aged 66 to 80 inclusive is also eligible for a free shingles vaccine.

Shingles (or herpes zoster) is a painful rash affecting a particular nerve. It‘s a long-term effect of chickenpox that can occur many years after a person has recovered from the initial disease. It can affect anyone who has previously had chickenpox, and is more common in older people. Shingles usually lasts 10 to 15 days but can cause scarring and loss of vision if it affects the eyes. One of the most serious complications, particularly among older people, is nerve pain that lasts long after the rash has disappeared.

Influenza

Influenza (or the flu) is a serious illness that can be fatal. Influenza may lead to a stay in hospital at any age but particularly if you are older or have an underlying medical condition. Influenza kills around 400 New Zealanders every year.

Influenza vaccine is free and recommended every year from age 65 onwards. The vaccine is changed each year to make sure it protects against the most common strains of the virus. You can get the vaccine free at your doctors and some pharmacies from late autumn each year.

Flu vaccines will be available early April with Flu clinics to be held Mid May. Dates to be advised.

 

 

 

 

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