An apple a day keeps the doctor away

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30/26-30 Constable Road, Waiuku

Fee Changes from 1 Jul 24

In the 2 years since we last raised our fees for medical appointments costs have risen significantly and after careful review, new fees will apply from 1 Jul 24.

Car Clinic and Indoor Triage   We are not an Accident and Medical Facility but see many urgent presentations a day.  This requires additional space, telephone triage and nurse assessment and treatment, in addition to the medical consultation, so is more costly than a standard GP appointment.  Therefore, from 1 Jul 24 our fees for urgent non-ACC appointments via our Car Clinic and Triage services will be:

Given these increases, we will reduce our Saturday and Public Holiday surcharge from $15.00 to $5.00.

Standard GP Consult Fees will be increased by a lesser amount as follows: 

We aim to keep fees to a minimum while offering fair pay to staff and ensuring our services are sustainable.

Our fees for most registered patients are lower than with other providers locally including urgent care.

If you have difficulty paying for your appointment, please let us know. One option is to set up a small regular automatic payment to spread the cost.

Nurse Consult Fee Increases

From 1 Apr 24, regular Nurse Consult Fees will be as follows:

Please note:
• Additional fees may be chargeable for certain procedures and after-hours.
• The fees increase reflects rising costs of providing the services.
• We last increased nurse fees in 2011.
• Our nurses are highly skilled and offer a wide range of services.

As always, we do not wish cost to be a barrier. If you have difficulty paying for your appointment, please let us know.

Vaccine to Combat Newer Strains of COVID-19

From 7 March 24, the XBB.1.5 vaccine is available funded for the following groups:

everyone 30 years and older
– people aged 16-29 who are pregnant
– people aged 12-29 at higher risk of severe illness from COVID 19

If it is 6 months since your last COVID vaccination and you haven’t had COVID in the last 6-months you can book with us for the new vaccine.

The new vaccine is highly effective at preventing severe illness, and is especially recommended for the following groups:

– people aged 65 and over
– Māori and Pacific people aged 50 and older
– residents of aged care facilities
– severely immunocompromised people aged 12 years and older
– people aged 12 years and older who have a medical condition that increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19

Call us on 09 2359102 and follow the prompts, or e-mail vaccines@waiukumedical.co.nz, to book.

Telephone Outage Thursday 29 February 24

On Thursday 29 February 24, we will have a short telephone outage as we switch to a new provider. This will be after 12 noon and likely before 1pm but may be later.

During this time, you will still be able to contact us at reception@waiukumedical.co.nz.

Please remember if you have a medical emergency, call 111, and for general advice you can call HealthLine on 0800 611116.

Thank you for your patience.

Cold and Flu

It’s worth remembering that unfortunately no amount of antibiotics will get rid of your cold or flu.  The best defence is immunisation.  Flu vaccines will be available, usually from late March, watch out for updates.

Taking unnecessary antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance which is now a big problem world-wide. Hospital doctors are facing patients with “super bugs” which are very difficult to treat.

There is some very good information on the Ministry of Health’s website about how antibiotics work and how antibiotic resistance develops: Please see here: https://www.health.govt.nz/…/medicati…/antibiotic-resistance

Working to Reduce Barriers to Health Care for a Healthy 2024 for Everyone

Kia Ora Whanau!

We know it can be difficult making time for your health, scheduling and paying for consultations and getting to and from the Medical Centre or Hospital. So… we aim to see everyone with urgent needs on the day through our Triage services and for after-hours have partnered with KA ORA Telehealth who provide virtual GP consults between 5pm and 8am on Weekdays and from 1pm Saturday through to 8am Monday – CALL 08002KAORA.

We never want affordability to prevent you getting the care you need. If this is an issue for you, please ask to speak to Sarah or Rosalie and we will work something out. One option is to set up an automatic payment for you to spread the cost, admin staff can help with this. We may also be able to help with fuel costs and can put you in touch with patient transport services. Remember, many screening and immunisation services are free, community service card holders have reduced fees, and you may be eligible for a High User Health Card … talk to us.

You can telephone, or pop into our Nurse Clinic at the Hamilton Estate Hall, Tuesdays 10 am to 1pm. There you can also get free treatment for minor ailments and, by arrangement, immunisations, cervical screening and basic health checks.
Noho ora mai! Happy New Year!

Diabetes

It’s amazing how inter-related health conditions can be, and how having one can make another worse.

Last week we talked about High Blood Pressure and how it increases the risk of both heart attacks and strokes. But did you know that having Diabetes can also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke?

Diabetes is an illness where you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. This can either happen quite suddenly in the case of Type 1 Diabetes, which is usually diagnosed in children or adolescents, or Type 2 Diabetes which occurs gradually over time and is often associated with being overweight.

Some of the symptoms for Diabetes include:

* Frequent urination (peeing)
* Excessive thirst and hunger
* Fatigue
* Irritability
* Blurred vision
* Slow-healing wounds

If you think you may have diabetes please make sure to make an appointment to see your GP. Ph 09 2359102