INFLUENZA SEASON IS UPON US
With winter nearly upon us and daylight saving is finishing this weekend - A good reminder to all to book for their 'flu injection'. Phone 04 3837647
Island Bay Medical Centre have the injections available and the nurses have set up special flu clinics.
The cost of our flu injection will be $30 per person - However in many instances the injections maybe free if you are
- Over 65
- some Respiratory conditions
- Heart Conditions
- pregnant women
- and many others - check when you phone us whether you are eligible.
2017 Key messages from www.influenza.org.nz
- Around 1 and four New Zealanders are infected with influenza or 'flu' each year. Many won't feel sick at all, but can still pass it on to others. Getting an influenza vaccination before winter offers you and others the best protection.
- Pregnant women and their babies can suffer serious consequences as a result of influenza. A FREE influenza vaccination during any trimester reduces these risks.
- Older people and those with certain medical conditions are more likely to have medical complications from influenza. A FREE influenza vaccination reduces these risks.
- Influenza is a serious illness that can put anyone in hospital or even kill them, including young healthy people.
- Influenza vaccination is safe, effective and cannot give you 'the flu'
More than 1.2 million New Zealanders have their influenza vaccination each year. Getting vaccinated each year as early as possible before winter hits us, gives the best protection
For further information go to the website www.influenza.org.nz
BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW! - phone 04 3837647
After 13 plus years of being the colour mustard the Medical Centre is about to receive a Facelift. All the cracks and crevices are being filled, sanded and undercoated at the moment, in readiness for a new colour. Watch the spot and see the building grow into a beautiful new fresh space.
There should be no distribution to our services but please accept our apologies in advance if in the unlikely event there is any inconvenience to anyone.
Much of the finishing work like windows and the high places will be done in the weekends.
Exciting New Service - TRAVEL MEDICINE
Island Bay Medical Centre is excited to announce our new Travel Clinic.
Appointments are now available. On top of normal appointment availability - for your convenience there is an evening travel clinic available on a Wednesday once per month for those of you that would like to come after work. Amelia Radford, one of practice nurses will be leading this travel clinic in conjunction with our doctors. Amelia is well qualified with a post graduate diploma in Travel Medicine.
Our consultations will include information regarding travel safety, health information and if required, vaccinations and medications.
If you are planning an overseas trip and need travel advice or vaccinations please note the following:-
It would also be useful if you could complete a pre travel questionnaire before your appointment. (Questionnaire can be found on the home page by script orders)
It is important that the questionnaire is filled out entirely.
- If there are multiple family members or friends travelling with you then each person travelling will need to complete their own questionnaire. As much detail as possible on the forms is essential particularly in regards to how you are travelling, the type of accommodation you are staying in and where you are going within each country (i.e. name the cities or towns you are travelling to).
Once you have completed our questionnaire, you can email this to firstname.lastname@example.org - Amelia will then review the information, and get in touch with you to book an appointment. This will usually take about 2 working days, however larger groups or complicated travel plans may take longer.
If you have a record or copy of vaccines previously given it is useful for us to know this prior to your appointment, similarly if you have seen another health professional about your upcoming trip, so we know what they may have already arranged for you. If you have an immunisation booklet for travel vaccines, please bring this with you to your appointments so that we can update it for you ready for travel.
If you have a complex medical history you may be required to see your Doctor and Amelia.
Please note:- the cost of vaccines if required is additional to the cost of your appointment, however in some circumstances you may not require any vaccinations.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions via phone or email regarding prices or concerns.
If you are travelling to an area where Yellow Fever is required, you will be advised to attend another clinic.
We look forward to hearing about your travel plans, and assisting you to travel and return safely.
This past weekend was the beginning of the 33rd Island Bay Festival.
Saturday was a magnificent day (some say the best we have had all summer)
The Parade was lined with people waiting and watching for the people and floats to go by and the park was full of families enjoying the sunshine and entertainment.
Sadly Sunday did not fare so well with the weather - although is stayed fine the wind did play a big part in the turn out. The northerly was consistent all day.
The Medical Centre had a stand in the park offering free health advice, blood pressures and blood sugar tests. We also had a well patronised the slip, slop, slap and wrap free sun screen available which was gratefully supplied by the Wellington Cancer Society.
I think the star of our stand was one of the Doctors little vintage Fiat Bambina. We likened this little car to our own health. It is so important to look after our bodies in the same way as the little bambina has been cared for - a well looked after oiled machine. The Doctors, nurses and staff look forward to seeing you all again next year.
We have sent out a text message to all our patients with mobile phones that are not already using Manage My Health to encourage them to register.
We currently have over 3000 patients using this fantastic service.
Benefits in using Manage My Health are:-
- easy access to making your own appointments on line
- ordering repeat prescriptions,
- look at your test results,
- send and receive messages from your Nurse or Doctor.
- and much more
Please use the Health Care Online tab (see above tab on top right of your screen) to express your interest to register and enjoy a pathway to managing your health.
Unfortunately we cannot give you your activation code via email for privacy reasons which means we require you to call into the Medical Centre to establish your identity.
We open at 8am Monday to Friday and have three late nights per week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) so please feel free to call in any time or after work if needed. Any further queries feel free to contact our reception team on 04 3837647.
Phone Message not updated
Our sincere apologies to those that rung the medical centre over the Christmas/New Year holiday's and got wrong information.
We updated our opening hours on our website and put a notice on our door and front window but forgot about the answerphone.
In the past the phone always got diverted to After Hours which covered this side things. For 2016/17 there was a change in plan and calls were not to be diverted. Sadly there was an oversight by us about the message on our answerphone. Once again our apologies
Patient Experience Survey - 7-13 February 2017
Our practice is participating in our second national survey to find out what your experience with health care is like and how your overall care is managed.
Taking part is voluntary and you can choose to say no.
If you do decide to take part, your responses will be anonymous and your privacy protected throughout. We will share your contact details, including your email address and mobile number, only so that you may receive an invitation to complete the survey online.
By taking part in the survey, you would be helping to improve care and access to health services in local communities across New Zealand.
The survey will be for those patients only visiting the practice for an appointment between Tuesday 7th February and Monday 13th February 2017. The survey is repeated every three months for 1 week each time capturing only those patient with an appointment the week of the survey.
Surveys for 2017 will be February, May, August and November
Thank you in advance for participating
• Compass Health has a range of self management programmes running across the region and anyone is welcome to join
• There is no cost to practice, patient or carer
• To enquire or register, Free call to 0508 697 626. Email email@example.com
Stanford Self-Management Courses
Greater Wellington & Wairarapa
What is a Stanford Self-Management Course?
The Stanford programme is based on over 25 years of research and is used in 25+ countries around the world. Whatever health issues you have, this 7 week course (week one being the introductory session) can help as you learn a range of generic skills and tips to maximise your health and wellbeing.
The Stanford self-management programme is also known as:
• Taking Control of your Health
• My Health, Our LIFE
• LIFE Programme
• Stanford Model
Developed by Stanford University the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme (CDSMP) is an evidence-based programme that has been adapted for many cultures and found to be equally useful.
The course consists of two and a half hour sessions, for six or seven weeks. These are held during the day, evening or weekend to suit local groups and are held in meeting rooms, clinics, community centres, churches and marae.
The sessions are suitable for anyone with an ongoing health condition, or risk of health issues including prediabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It is designed for people with different ongoing health problems (diabetes, arthritis, asthma, depression and much more) to attend together and your family or carers are welcome to join you. They will learn lots too!
Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders (non-health professionals) with long-term health conditions themselves. This means they really know what it is like to live with the day to day challenges some health conditions bring.
Subjects covered in these workshops include:
• ways to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
• safe exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
• appropriate use of medications
• communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
• shared decision making, and
• how to evaluate new treatments for yourself.
Diabetes: Your Life Your Journey
Diabetes: Your Life Your Journey was developed locally as a research project six years ago which produced the evidence that it is valuable for the health of people with Type 2 Diabetes and their Whanau/families. Since then it has continued to be a successful programme run by Compass Health and many courses have been facilitated in the community.
The programme consists of two hour sessions once a week over a six week period. Some of these are held during the day and some in the evening at various venues across Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti, including Marae and community venues. The facilitators are Diabetes Nurses and/or a Dietitian.
Diabetes: Your Life Your Journey will help you learn some tricks and tips to manage your diabetes effectively and maintain your health and wellbeing. At the end of the six weeks you should feel confident in your ability to control your diabetes and have the skills, or know where you can access help, to achieve good diabetes control.
We encourage you to bring a member of your family or friend so they can help support you with your diabetes.. They will learn lots as well!
Subjects covered in this programme are:
• What is diabetes?
• How to manage your diabetes
• Food and diabetes; Carbohydrates; Food and weight; Label reading
• Physical activity
• Day to day issues
• Preventing problems down the track
• Self-monitoring of blood glucose levels
• Insulin is a friend
• Goal setting for life