The 2018 flu vaccine is now available for adults and children 3 years and older. The vaccine for children aged under 3 is expected in mid April. This year the vaccine contains two A strains (including the H3N2 strain which caused much trouble for the northern hemisphere during their recent winter) and two B strains.
Full information about influenza vaccine (including who is eligible for free shots) can be found here
You may have heard that shingles vaccine is now free for adults aged 65-80. The best protection against shingles is immunisation. The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is free at age 65 years.
Until 31 March 2020, anyone aged from 66 to 80 years is also eligible for a free shingles vaccine.
Talk to your doctor if you are immunosuppressed or immune deficient as the shingles vaccine may not be suitable for you.
Those aged 50 to 64 years who are at increased risk of shingles or are a household contact of an immune compromised individual may also benefit from the vaccination, however a cost will apply for this age group
The influenza vaccine is delayed... the Ministry of Health has told us that the first supplies of vaccine will be available in "early April". As soon as we hear the exact date we will update the website. This year the vaccine includes 4 strains, in an effort to beat off the nasty flu which affected the people of the northern hemisphere over their winter.
The flooring in the nursing area is being renewed between 31/1/18 and 5/2/18. We will do our best to work around this but there will be interruption to the services our nurses provide during this period. Thank you for your patience, and our apologies for the inconvenience
It's time for a facelift at MMC! We have started work on some improvements to our building. Early in 2018 we will be getting on with painting and some building alteration work (including new toilets) which will cause some disruption for a short while. We have scheduled much of the work to be out of normal hours to minimise inconvenience to staff and patients. Thank you for your patience during this time!
Please note that we will be closed between Christmas and New Year. The surgery closes at 1pm on Friday 22nd December and reopens on Wednesday 3rd January. Urgent medical care is provided by ShoreCare at its Northcross and Smales Farm locations, and advice is available at all times by phone. Our usual phone number is diverted to Homecare Medical after hours.
Now is the time to check that you have enough of your regular medication to last you over the holiday season! Remember that repeat prescriptions can be ordered online.
Dr Lewis King has retired after 40 years at the centre of life at MMC. Dr Spencer Craft has also recently left and will be concentrating on his work at ShoreCare - we thank Spencer for his hard working contribution to MMC over the last year or two. With some younger doctors joining our team we are confident that have a great team of doctors and nurses to provide high quality care into the future!
Lots of our patients are now using the online appointment booking system for doctors’ appointments. We have a link on our website - it’s easy to register for the service, so long as you have a cellphone, which is required for the registration process. Please remember that online appointments are only for standard doctor’s appointments and not for special purposes such as drivers’ licence examinations, surgical procedures, etc. It is also easy to request repeat prescriptions online using the same ConnectMed logon. Medicolegal and safety requirements mean that you will still need to come in for a checkup at intervals which depend on the nature of the medication you are taking, and your overall state of health.
We are pleased to announce that test results are now available online. Because of the privacy considerations, it’s necessary to register for a higher level of security with our staff at reception. This needs to be done in person - unless you are personally known to the reception staff it will be necessary to bring some form of identification. This verification process is for your own protection, since we want to be absolutely sure that our patients’ health information is only being accessed by those who are authorised to do so. Once you have completed the verification process, your test results will be available on the ConnectMed website as soon as they have been viewed and filed by your doctor.
We have also recently introduced “Easy-Claim” for Southern Cross members so that our staff can directly bill Southern Cross for your reimbursement, saving you the trouble of claiming.
Check out the latest newsletter for some announcements about our doctors, including the impending retirement of Lewis King.
The first 2 days of this week have seen at least 10 patients present to MMC with symptoms consistent with influenza - and we have seen a consistent increase in cases like this over the last 3 weeks (we are an "influenza sentinel reporting site" for the Auckland Regional Public Health Service).
Many of the cases reported nationally are the B strain of flu, covered by the current vaccine. The B strains are very infectious and often affect children. The symptoms can be very severe.
If you haven't "quite got around to" having the flu shot, or maybe "you've never had the flu" or maybe you heard that "you can get flu from the vaccine" - well, maybe it's time to reconsider those views and bring your vulnerable body down to MMC for a last-minute boost to your influenza immunity. The vaccine remains free for the eligible groups until the end of August.
UPDATE 21/8/15 - FLU CASES CONTINUE TO POUR IN - see national flu rate report below.
UPDATE 27/8/15 - FREE FLU VACCINATION NOW ENDS 11/9/15
We are delighted to introduce Tara... in training for a career as a guide dog! She can be found close to our receptionist Linda. We think Tara can be the MMC mascot, at least for the time being. Tara is full of unconditional love that she is willing to bestow on anyone in need, so we are hoping for some positive health outcomes...
We are very pleased to welcome a GP registrar back into our practice. We have been a teaching practice for the College of GPs since 1981, and we are looking to expand our commitment to teaching of nurses and doctors as space allows. The future of our health system is dependent on nurturing a skilled, well-trained workforce committed to primary health care. Dr Anita Naik completed her basic medical training in India. She moved to New Zealand with her family in 2009 and requalified to work as a doctor here. Since then, she has worked in various hospitals in Waitemata, Auckland, Lakes and Waikato DHBs. After having gained experience as a Registrar in Psychiatry in Waitemata and Auckland for two years she chose to begin her training in General Practice in Dec 2014. She is currently a GP Registrar at Mairangi Medical Centre having completed her first six months at ‘Health New Lynn General Practice’.
Apologies to all our patients for a very frustrating computer crash which has left us without online (and offline!) appointments, and everything else for that matter....our computer support company has been working on this since Sunday night and we hope to get back online soon....if possible please defer non urgent matters and enquiries until Tuesday 30th, or later in the week.
UPDATE 4.30pm Monday 29th... computer is back up and running but online appointments won't be available until we have done further troubleshooting. Sorry, back to the phone for appointments in the meantime!! We will reactivate online appointments as soon as our IT people have checked over all systems to ensure that we don't have a repeat performance of the database issue.
UPDATE Thursday 2nd July..online appointments and repeat prescriptions are operational again.