Welcome to the Titirangi Medical Centre website, your source for information regarding the latest medical advice and practice update
Christmas Opening Hours 2020
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|Fri 8th January|
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Our Xmas hours are reduced for the two week period 21 December to Monday 4th January.
There will be NO pre-booking appointments for this short week, even on the portal. Please note that your usual GP may not be available. We would appreciate it if any regular appointments for ongoing conditions be put off until after the holidays to allow room for urgent on-the-day cases.
Please call on the day from 8am for an appointment, we will be booking the morning first and the afternoon ones after 12pm in order to optimise the doctors time. Our phone will divert to a helpline after hours, so if you have any concerns just dial our usual number. If it is an emergency, please call 111 immediately.
We wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year !!!!
BE KIND AND BE SAFE FROM ALL AT TMC
ANOTHER AVENUE FOR OUR PATIENTS TO ACCESS AN APPOINTMENT WHILST WE ARE SHUT OVER THE XMAS NEW YEAR PERIOD
If one of our doctors is not available or it is after hours you can get a virtual GP consultation with a real doctor from the comfort of your own home, workplace, holiday house or anywhere by using CareHQ, from 7am – 7pm, 7 days per week. Find out more www.carehq.co.nz
Coronavirus symptoms? Phone Healthline 08003585453 or phone us first 09-8178069, please stay in your car, do not come into the clinic.
We still have flu vaccines available if you have not already had one. PLEASE phone and make an appointment with the nurse 8178069.
ALL FOUR DOCTORS BOOKS ARE CLOSED.
Titirangi Medical Centre: We are open and ready to care safely for you
As we welcome alert level 3, 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 3, please call us
If you, or someone you know, needs to see a doctor or nurse during alert level 3, 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 from all of the TMC team
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/.
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.
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.
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.
Free Flu vaccines are again in stock for eligible people only:
Over 65 years of age
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
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.
Revised Phone line hours are 8am till 5pm.
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
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.
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,
shortness of breath,
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.
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.
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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.
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 influenza, shingles, tetanus 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 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 (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.