Please note that we will be closed between Christmas and New Year. The surgery closes at 2pm on Friday 23rd December and reopens on Wednesday 4th 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.
We hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Take care
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.
Please note that the surgery will be closed from lunchtime Thursday 24th December, reopening Tuesday 5th January 2016. Our afterhours care is provided by Shorecare. Telephone advice can be accessed anytime by ringing the usual surgery number.
Now is the time to check whether your supply of medication is going to last through the holiday period - please note that it will not be possible to issue repeat prescriptions between 24/12/15 and 4/1/16. Obviously this also applies to medical certificates and other recurring medical requirements that fall due over the holiday period. So... PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!
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.
From 1st July 2015 there will be no charge for children under the age of 13! We have had reduced fees in this age group for the last year so we are delighted to make this offer of free care available. Children's health is one of our top priorities, so this new government initiative fits in perfectly with that. The free consultation policy applies to enrolled patients aged under 13 for normal consultations.
Influenza vaccination is free to those at greatest risk of serious complications, including those over the age of 65, pregnant women, people with on-going health conditions such as asthma, and children under five years who have been hospitalised for a respiratory illness. Pregnant women can have the shot any time after the first trimester (and around 28 weeks you should also have Boostrix to protect your baby from whooping cough). All others should consider a flu vaccine, as over 1 million New Zealanders do every year. This year's vaccine contains the H3N2 strain which caused a lot of trouble in the northern hemisphere during their winter.
We have reduced the cost of the shingles vaccine to $220 - this has been a popular option for our older patients, since it reduces the risk of shingles by about 50%, and the risk of neuralgia by about 67%. Some people are combining the shingles vaccine with their flu shot.
Drs Philippa Ho and Sarah Fendall are currently engaged in important alternative duties (ie motherhood) and will not be available for their patients for some months. We are fortunate to have excellent alternative GPs available to see Philippa and Sarah's patients, including our new doctor Faye Welsh, and Anna Herriott, back at work after the birth of her second child.